MLB

Boston Red Sox
2014 Avg.
.309
 
Career Avg.
.260
Name  Mike Napoli
Born  10/31/1981
Height  6-0
Weight  215
Number  12
Position  1B
Bats  R
Throws  R
4/22/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Napoli is hitting .286, but his average will soon tumble. He has struck out in 29.5 percent of his plate appearances and hit .370 on balls in play even though his line-drive rate is just 11.8 percent.
 
4/17/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has returned to the starting lineup after missing one game with a dislocated finger. SOURCE: Ian Browne, MLB.com
Insight: He's hitting in his usual cleanup spot behind David Ortiz and ahead of Jonny Gomes. Napoli's .302 batting average leads the team.
 
4/16/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli won't be available Wednesday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's out with a dislocated finger. Daniel Nava (.152, 2 HR, 3 RBI) will step in at first base.
 
4/16/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger during Tuesday's game, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. He's day-to-day.
Insight: He suffered the injury when he slid head-first into second base in the ninth inning. The finger looked pretty mangled but he managed to escape without a fracture or strain.
 
Hot4/8/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is having a great series against his former team.
Insight: He went 3-for-5 Tuesday and is now 6-for-10 against Texas over the last two games. Napoli (.364, 2 HR, 8 RBI) is usually a swing for the fences guy but all six of his hits this series have been singles.
 
Hot4/7/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli stayed hot with three hits Monday in a victory over the Rangers.
Insight: The 32-year-old is tied for third in the American League with seven RBI this season. Napoli has gone 6-for-14 during his three-game hitting streak (.429 AVG).
 
4/2/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had two hits, including a homer, and four RBI in five at-bats Wednesday at Baltimore.
Insight: Napoli hit .259 with 23 homers and a career-high 92 RBI last season. He has less fantasy value this year because he doesn't hold catcher eligibility, however.
 
12/6/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: According to Sean McAdam of csnne.com, the Red Sox have re-signed first baseman Mike Napoli to a two-year deal worth $32 million.
Insight: We never expected Napoli to leave the Red Sox after he changed the clubhouse culture, ushered in the bearded brotherhood and brought a World Series title to Boston in his first season. Just remember he'll have significantly less fantasy value in 2014 because he won't be eligible at catcher after playing zero innings there in 2013.
 
11/16/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: The Rockies and Rangers are among the teams lining up to sign Mike Napoli. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Napoli was a health risk heading into the 2013 season but he improved his stock dramatically by having a sparkling year both at the plate and in the field. He's also a clubhouse leader, which should play well as he looks for a multi-year deal. Despite the interest Napoli is getting from other teams, we still expect him to be back with the Red Sox next season.
 
11/6/2013 3:04:00 PM
Description: The Mariners could be in the running for free agent first baseman Mike Napoli this offseason. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Napoli would be an upgrade over Seattle's current first baseman Justin Smoak (.238, 20 HR, 50 RBI). Still, after the season he just had with the Red Sox, it's hard to envision Napoli (.259, 23 HR, 92 RBI) playing anywhere else besides Boston.
 
10/30/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will hit cleanup Wednesday in Game 6 against the Cardinals.
Insight: It's his first start since Game 2 last Thursday. Napoli went 0-for-2 against Michael Wacha when he faced him earlier in the series.
 
10/26/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Mike Napoli, who has never played third base in a major league game, was seen taking grounders at that position Saturday during batting practice.
Insight: When asked about it, Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "Not tonight, but it's an option." It's a risky maneuver given Napoli's lack of experience at that position but having his bat in the lineup would give the Red Sox a huge leg up offensively. Napoli has been benched in favor of David Ortiz for Saturday's Game 3 in St. Louis. Ortiz, usually a DH, will be making his seventh start of the year at first base.
 
10/26/2013 5:34:00 PM
Description: As expected, Mike Napoli won't start Saturday's Game 3 against St. Louis.
Insight: Napoli has had a decent postseason offensively (2 HR, 6 RBI) but David Ortiz is far too valuable a hitter to not be in the lineup. There's a strong chance Napoli will get a chance to pinch-hit later in the contest.
 
10/25/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will likely be the odd man out when the series shifts to St. Louis for Game 3.
Insight: There is no way the Red Sox starting lineup doesn't include the hot-hitting David Ortiz (4-for-7, 2 HR in the first two games). Napoli is a former catcher, but didn't start a single game at that position in 2013 so it would be unfair to put him behind the plate in a World Series game.
 
10/16/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the only run of the night Tuesday in a Game 3 win over the Tigers.
Insight: The round-tripper came on a 96-mph fastball from Justin Verlander in the seventh, the same pitch Napoli struck out on two innings earlier. Napoli now has six home runs in 39 career postseason games.
 
Cold10/14/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday against Detroit after coming off the bench in Game 2. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Napoli entered the game in the eighth inning last night and struck out in his only at bat. The power-hitting first baseman is hitting .222 in his career against Tigers righthander Justin Verlander.
 
Cold10/13/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Struggling Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli won't start Sunday in Game 2 against the Tigers. SOURCE: WEEI
Insight: Napoli had an awful game Saturday (0-for-3, 3 K's) and is now hitting just .125 in his first five postseason games. Napoli's .111 career average against tonight's starter Max Scherzer makes John Farrell's decision to sit him that much easier. Mike Carp is expected to start at first base.
 
Cold10/13/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: First baseman Mike Napoli is just 1-for-9 against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer with three strikeouts.
Insight: It's been feast or famine for Napoli, who bashed 23 homers this season, but also struck out 187 times. Against Scherzer its more likely famine. Napoli is just 2-for-16 in this postseason. Avoid.
 
10/8/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: First baseman Mike Napoli is just 1-for-12 against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson with five strikeouts.
Insight: It's been feast or famine for Napoli, who bashed 23 homers this season, but also struck out 187 times. Against Hellickson its more likely famine.
 
10/5/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Fifteen of Mike Napoli's 27 career at bats against Rays lefthander David Price have resulted in strikeouts.
Insight: It's been feast or famine for Napoli, a .259 lifeftime hitter against Price. Either he gets all of it or none of it. Yesterday, he went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in Boston's Game 1 victory. Napoli is a .271 career hitter in the postseason (5 HR, 20 RBI in 96 at bats).
 

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