The Los Angeles Angels better think hard about keeping Mike Napoli

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 21 September 2010 at 12:22 pm

Rumors abound that 28-year old righty swinging C/1B Mike Napoli will be on the trading block over the winter. I think they should keep Napoli based on the fact that Jeff Mathis, Bobby Wilson and Hank Conger have not proven that they can hit at the major league level. I know that it wasn’t fair for me to throw Conger in that mix as he just got called up this month. Napoli has played in 129 games for the Angels this year and he is 103 of 422 (.244 avg, .805 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 25 homers, 66 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He does have some holes in his swing as he has whiffed 125 times this year but that’s the price you pay for his power. This is the third year in a row that Napoli has hit 20+ homers and catchers that can hit like that don’t grow on trees.

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