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Full Name: David Adam LaRoche Primary Position: 1B
Height/Weight: 6' 3"/180 First Game: April 7, 2004
Birthdate: November 6, 1979 MLB Experience: 3 years
Birthplace: Orange County, California
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

David Adam LaRoche (born November 6, 1979 in Orange County, California) is the brother of the Dodger prospect Andy LaRoche.

He was drafted twice by the Florida Marlins, in both the 1998 and 1999, but did not sign either year. He signed with the Braves after being drafted in 2000.

In 2004, LaRoche's rookie campaign, he hit .278/.333/.488 with 13 HRs, while platooning with Julio Franco.

In 2005, LaRoche was the lefty half of the Braves` first base platoon again with Franco. In the playoffs, LaRoche batted .500 with a grand slam in the Braves 2005 NLDS Series against the Houston Astros.

With Julio Franco going to the New York Mets, 2006 was LaRoche's breakthrough season as a starter. He raised his SLG by over 100 points to .561 with 32 HRs. LaRoche's breakthrough was fueled in part by improved patience at the plate, as he posted his first above-average BB%. Still, he did not lose his aggressiveness. He also cut his groundballs and hit more flyballs.

Even with the impressive play on the diamond, LaRoche made headlines for a not-so-proud moment on May 14, 2006. He jogged to first base too slowly on a routine groundball he had fielded, allowing Washington Nationals baserunner Nick Johnson to beat him to the bag. LaRoche had turned his back to the play and was unaware that the runner had sped up. He was already moving towards the dugout when he saw the runner called safe, much to his disbelief. It should have been the third out of the inning, but instead the inning continued with four runs eventually scoring. The Atlanta crowd booed LaRoche for the rest of the game and the error was replayed repeatedly by local Atlanta media. Manager Bobby Cox even benched LaRoche for some of the next game as punishment. This incident is said to reflect LaRoche's struggles with Attention Deficit Disorder.

In the offseason, the Braves traded LaRoche to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mike Gonzalez and SS prospect Brent Lillibridge.

LaRoche enters the 2007 season the starting first baseman for the Pirates.


Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2004 ATL N 110 324 45 90 13 45 .278 .333 .488 27 1 27 78 1 2 0 1 10
2005 ATL N 141 451 53 117 20 78 .259 .320 .455 28 0 39 87 4 2 0 7 15
2006 ATL N 149 492 89 140 32 90 .285 .354 .561 38 1 55 128 2 1 0 5 9
Total 400 1267 187 347 65 213 .274 .337 .504 93 2 121 293 7 5 0 13 34

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2004 ATL N 1B 98 82 720 739 41 5 87 1 0 0 0 0 .994
2005 ATL N 1B 125 117 1019.1 1070 77 7 105 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2006 ATL N 1B 142 130 1154.1 1117 97 5 109 0 0 0 0 0 .996
Total 1B 365 329 2893.2 2926 215 17 301 1 0 0 0 0 .995

Transactions

  • Selected by Florida Marlins in the 18th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 2, 1998).
  • Selected by Florida Marlins in the 42nd round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 2, 1999).
  • Selected by Atlanta Braves in the 29th round of the free-agent draft (June 5, 2000 - signed June 21, 2000).

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