Chris Davis has put up some great numbers with his bat and was a 3B most of his time in the minors, but was poor defensively, so a move to 1B was inevitable for him. Davis is a candidate for the 1B spot on the Rangers, he also has top prospect Justin Smoak breathing down his neck.
I recently did a trade in my fantasy league that involved both of these players and I wondered which one of these 1B's with different obstacles blocking there long term spot at 1B was more highly regarded.
Matt LaPorta was a top C/1B/OF prospect for the Brewers. Now with the Indians, after being traded in the CC Sabathia deal. LaPorta was going into the season as the leading candidate for the 1B job on the Indians, but with the Indians recent signing of Russell Branyan it is probably more likely LaPorta will see more action at LF than at 1B unless Branyan is injured.
Both players haven't really shown much with their bats at the MLB level posting these numbers:
Davis: 686ABs .258/.304/.488 38HRs 114RBIs
LaPorta: 181ABs .254/.308/.442 7HRs 21RBIs
I would love to hear your reasoning for liking each player so please post your opinion.