Adam LaRoche Scouting Video (Premium)
LaRoche's impressive 2003 season has him in position to become Atlanta's new starter at first base. He started the season at AA Greenville, hitting .283 with 12 home runs and 37 runs batted in. A promotion to AAA Richmond did not slow him down, as he hit .295 with 8 home runs and 35 RBI. Overall, a .290 average with 20 home runs and 72 runs batted in.
The season was a breakout for LaRoche regarding his power. He had never hit more than 13 home runs in his three previous seasons in the Braves farm system. He was gaining a reputation as an above-average hitter who would only hit 10-15 home runs per season. But the 20 home runs proved he could provide more than adequate power.
"I just hit the ball more solid this season, and that's how I got to 20," LaRoche explains. "The difference was not giving away at bats. It makes a difference when you try to not be in a slump for 7 or 8 games. Then you're just going to have a ton of better at bats. I think I can do more than 20 with more at bats and more experience."
Scouting Video: 1B Adam LaRoche
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