LaPorta invited to Indians camp

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:56 p.m.

CLEVELAND — Outfielders Matt LaPorta and Michael Brantley, the key acquisitions in Cleveland’s trade of CC Sabathia to Milwaukee last summer, are among eight minor league players invited to the Indians’ spring training camp.

LaPorta, the former Gator who can play left field or first base, is considered a future star by the Indians. He batted a combined .279 with 22 homers and 74 RBIs in Double-A ball. He also played for the U.S. Olympic baseball team.

Brantley spent the entire season at Huntsville in the Southern League, where he batted .319 with four homers and 40 RBIs in 106 games. He had 28 steals.

LaPorta and Brantley will likely begin the season at Triple-A Columbus, but are expected to join Cleveland’s roster at some point in 2009.

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