Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Andy LaRoche Report

Andy LaRoche, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Drafted 1171st Overall (39th Rd), 2003 Draft, Grayson County CC, Texas
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 5'11", 185 lbs

Yes, he is the brother of Braves 1B Adam LaRoche, and the son of two-time all star pitcher Dave LaRoche. His bat is similar to his brother's. He sprays line drives all over the outfield. He probably has a higher ceiling though, both because of positional differences, and because I think he has the ability to hit a few more home runs. He was drafted late because of signability issues, and then he impressed the Dodgers so much in a wood bat summer league that they gave him a million dollar bonus.

Now for the details. He hit .283/.375/.525 with 20 doubles, 13 home runs, 29 walks, and 30 strikeouts in 244 at bats in the Sally League. Then he was promoted to Vero Beach, and hit .237/.295/.434 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, 17 walks, and 42 K's in 219 at bats.

He was drafted as a shortstop and only moved to third this season. He could theoretically move back to the middle of the diamond if given the chance. He could be all that much more of an asset at second base.

ETA: 2007
4 Stars

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