Periodically, I will look at the current free-agent class.

### Here’s Nine to Know about **Mike Napoli**

- Napoli hit .227 in 2012, .093 less than 2011.
- In 2012, Napoli saw 869 fastballs and hit .240 off of them. He saw 325 sliders and hit just .121 off of them
- Napoli is one of 16 batters who have had 20+ homers each of the last five seasons.
- Napoli struck out 125 times in 2012, which is 30% of all of his plate appearances; he whiffed once every 2.8 at bats.
- Napoli came to the plate with 283 runners on base and only 33 scored, a rate of 12%.
- In 2012, Napoli hit .243 with the bases empty, .211 with runners on, .245 RISP, .189 2 outs/RISP.
- In 2011, as a catcher, Napoli ‘s pitchers had an 3.16 ERA. In 2012, it was up to 4.32 to boost his lifetime ERA to 4.29.
- He allowed 42 steals and caught 11 baserunners, a percentage of 21%, dropping his lifetime number to 24%.
- Napoli can catch, play first, and DH.

**Here are his numbers from 2012:**

Split | G | AB | R | H | 2B | HR | RBI | BB | SO | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

as C | 71 | 234 | 37 | 58 | 7 | 15 | 41 | 39 | 79 | .248 | .363 | .487 | .850 |

as 1B | 26 | 79 | 13 | 15 | 1 | 5 | 8 | 13 | 28 | .190 | .323 | .392 | .715 |

as DH | 9 | 33 | 5 | 7 | 1 | 4 | 7 | 4 | 14 | .212 | .297 | .606 | .903 |

as PH | 6 | 6 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 4 | .000 | .000 | .000 | .000 |

**Here are his career numbers:**

I | Split | G | AB | R | H | 2B | HR | RBI | BB | SO | ||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

as C | 511 | 1667 | 280 | 441 | 81 | 109 | 281 | 233 | 493 | .265 | .362 | .516 | .879 | |

as 1B | 125 | 414 | 63 | 99 | 19 | 26 | 68 | 48 | 117 | .239 | .328 | .473 | .802 | |

as DH | 48 | 157 | 26 | 45 | 12 | 11 | 30 | 28 | 45 | .287 | .392 | .573 | .966 | |

as PH | 43 | 35 | 6 | 3 | 1 | 0 | 3 | 7 | 19 | .086 | .256 | .114 | .370 | |

as PH for DH | 4 | 3 | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 2 | 1 | 1 | .333 | .500 | .333 | .833 |

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