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Mike Napoli rewarding patient owners

It seems like we go through this every season with Mike Napoli. The at-bats aren't much early in the season and impatient owners want to cut him. It has been a frustrating first two months considering he moved to the Rangers and it was expected that he wouldn't have to worry about getting at-bats.

The Rangers couldn't trade Michael Young and Napoli often sat on the bench and saw his average dip below .200. But as I always when it comes to Napoli, he will find a way to get at-bats somehow and at the end of the season, the power numbers will be there.

Napoli has hit at least 20 home runs in three consecutive seasons and is well on his way to a fourth. He hit two home runs and had five RBIs yesterday and has four home runs and nine RBIs in his last 12 at-bats.

I have no clue why Ron Washington is playing him sporadically. He's going to hit a lot of home runs in Texas and should be playing more consistently. Napoli is actually striking out less and has a 17 percent walk rate. The .229 average is being brought down by a .197 BABIP.

In just 105 at-bats, Napoli has 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. If you can somehow get him a discount still, I'd do it. Just another reminder why patience is a must.

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