Catching Quandary: Should Mike Napoli Return As a Starter for the Angels?

Posted: 20th September 2009 by Johnathan Kroncke in MLB
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This year, Joe Mauer is making every other catcher in the American League look bad by comparison. But right now, Mike Napoli doesn't need any help with that. The starting backstop for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has been amazingly inconsistent all season long, which begs the question: Who will fill that role in Anaheim come 2010? On the surface, Napoli's numbers don't look too shabby. He is currently hitting .267 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI in 106 games.  Not bad, considering his position. Most catchers—aside from Mauer, that is—are not offensive dynamos, so Napoli's production actually appears to be quite respectable. It is only upon closer inspection that his season falls apart. Napoli is as streaky a hitter as they come. Like a manic depressive with a bat, he goe ...

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