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Mike Napoli | First Baseman | #5

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 17 (0) / LAA
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Mike Napoli went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and a two-run double in Saturday's 17-7 win over the White Sox.
Napoli revved up his big night with a two-run double in the third inning. He topped himself one inning later, when he launched a three-run home run to make it a 12-5 game. The Rangers trailed 5-0 heading into the bottom of the first before they exploded with a huge comeback effort. For the campaign as a whole, veteran slugger Napoli is slashing .199/.281/.452 with 26 homers and 59 RBI over the course of 103 games played. He has homered three times in his last four games. Aug 20 - 12:43 AM

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Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a two-run bomb and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

He took starter James Shields deep with a runner aboard to give the Rangers a short-lived lead in the fourth inning. He walked and scored another run later in the contest. Napoli has a putrid .197 batting average but makes up for it somewhat with 25 taters and 54 RBI.
Aug 19 - 12:49 AM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the Rangers beat the Tigers 10-4 on Tuesday.

Napoli has been dreadful, but for better or worse, the Rangers don't believe they have any better options than to play him. The homer tonight was his 24th, but that's come with a .198 average and a 132/34 K/BB ratio in 347 at-bats. He's at 51 RBI, putting him on pace for 70 for the season. That shouldn't cut it for a first baseman with a sub-.300 OBP.
Aug 15 - 11:59 PM

Mike Napoli hit his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Astros.

Napoli has oscillated between decent and not-so-decent months at the dish this year, hitting just three homers in April and June while socking eight apiece in May and July. It stands to reason that August might be another slow month, and the fact that his first homer of the month came on August 12 lends credence to the idea. Of course, for those who don't believe in things like "good months" or superstitions, disregard all that and focus on this: overall, the 35-year-old is hitting a disappointing .199/.284/.440 on the year.
Aug 13 - 1:52 AM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a double and three strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Twins.

The double was Napoli's 10th of the season. The veteran slugger has hit 22 homers and driven in 48 runs while working to a lopsided .202/.281/.445 triple-slash in 92 games this season.
Aug 4 - 12:36 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Mike Napoli is "one name starting to gin up interest."

Passan notes about Napoli that "teams love him in the clubhouse," and it doesn't hurt that he's been red-hot in July. The 35-year-old is making $6 million this season and the Rangers have a $11 million club option (or $2.5 million buyout) on him for 2018.
Jul 28 - 3:23 PM

Mike Napoli blasted his 22nd home run of the season as the Rangers crushed the Marlins on Tuesday.

Napoli's solo shot off of Dan Straily tied the score at 1-1 in the second inning. The veteran slugger also singled and doubled in the ballgame, finishing the night 3-for-5. He's now hitting .206/.282/.467 with 22 homers and 47 RBI on the season.
Jul 25 - 11:18 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Napoli connected for the three-run shot off Orioles starter Wade Miley in the fifth inning. He's really heated up since the All-Star break, going 8-for-21 with three homers, six RBI and four runs scored in seven games. The good stretch has helped him bring his line back up over the Mendoza Line, at least, with the 35-year-old hitting .209/.283/.473 with 21 homers and 45 RBI on the year.
Jul 20 - 11:21 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Napoli took a Yu Darvish offering for a solo ride into the seats in the seventh inning. While the slugger is hitting just .199 on the season, the power remains very real, as the slugger has gone deep in two out of his last three games and has now swatted 20 big flies on the season.
Jul 16 - 5:38 PM

Mike Napoli came off the bench to hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning Friday as the Rangers topped the Royals 5-3.

Joey Gallo got the start over Napoli tonight, but it was a pretty easy call to bat the righty for the lefty with Mike Minor in the game in the seventh. Napoli responded with his 19th homer, giving the Rangers the 5-3 lead. It's doubtful Napoli is going to become a strict platoon player, but he doesn't deserve to simply be penciled in every day with the way he's performed this year.
Jul 15 - 12:06 AM

Mike Napoli homered in a fourth straight game Tuesday, delivering a three-run shot off Blaine Boyer in the eighth.

He was previously robbed of a double by Andrew Benintendi in left. Napoli's four homers are his only hits the last four days. His last multi-hit game came when he had two homers on June 17. All told, 38 percent of his 47 hits this year have been homers.
Jul 5 - 12:20 AM

Mike Napoli homered off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to extend Monday's game into extra innings.

It was just the second homer allowed by Kimbrel this season. Napoli has homered in three straight games, putting him up to 17 in 68 games for the year. Every other aspect of his season has been terrible, but at least he has been playing somewhat better since coming off the disabled list, even if he still has a sub-.200 average during that span (11-for-56 with six homers and seven walks).
Jul 4 - 1:24 AM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Napoli unloaded for a solo home run off Jose Quintana in the fourth inning, his 16th long ball of the season. He has gone yard in back-to-back contests, but still sports an underwhelming .193/.272/.425 triple-slash in 67 games overall.
Jul 2 - 6:11 PM

Mike Napoli went 0-for-3 on Thursday and has reached bases safely just once while striking out 10 times in his last five games.

On the bright side, at least the Rangers didn't give Napoli the two-year deal he wanted at the start of last winter. Not once all season has he finished a game with a batting average higher than .201. He's at .188 at the moment. He's also not walking like he used to (17 unintentional BB in 250 plate appearances this season). Last year, he had 76 unintentional walks in 645 plate appearances.
Jun 29 - 3:09 PM

Mike Napoli finished 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs in Saturday's 10-4 win against the Mariners.

Napoli's first homer was part of a five-run first inning against Yovani Gallardo, setting the tone early for the home team. He also victimized reliever Dan Altavilla in the sixth inning as part of another five-run frame. Napoli's power production has been rather sporadic this season, and he is hitting just .200 overall on the season. He remains best used in AL fantasy play as opposed to mixed formats.
Jun 17 - 11:44 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Brett Nicholas
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Joey Gallo
2Delino DeShields
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Martin Perez
3Andrew Cashner
4A.J. Griffin
5Tyson Ross
6Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Leclerc
2Alex Claudio
3Keone Kela
4Matt Bush
5Jason Grilli
6Tony Barnette
7Jake Diekman
8Ricardo Rodriguez
9Austin Bibens-Dirkx
10Jhan Marinez