MATT LAPORTA, 1B
LaPorta was Cleveland's prize in the 2008 trade that sent CC Sabathia to Milwaukee, but the 27-year-old has struggled to live up to that billing. He retains power from the right side, but injuries and difficulty adjusting to big league pitching have hampered him. "He might have hit his ceiling early," a scout says. LaPorta's long swing has generated a .701 OPS in 269 games in the majors. "He would have to just go off in spring training even to make the team," the scout says. "He probably needs a change of scenery."
COLBY RASMUS, CF
"He's a frustrating player with tremendous physical tools," says a scout of Rasmus, 25, who continues to possess the all-around skills that made him a 2005 first-rounder but has had trouble properly refining them. St. Louis dealt him to Toronto last July, and he continued to scuffle, hitting a cumulative .225 with a .688 OPS. "If he couldn't learn in St. Louis from Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday, I'm not sure he ever will," says the scout, who predicts a .265 average and 15--20 homers in 2012.