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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:59 pm

Who knows if 20 HR is going to happen this year though. Getting benched the first 2 games is a bad sign. Last year he only played C in 96 games (84 starts). I could easily see Napoli end up with <100 games this year, and <90 starts (I'm predicting Scoscia will let him catch a little more since he won't be DHing much, if at all, so I think he'll get 105ish games, but I digress). Anyways, if he gets 350 AB instead of 400, those counting stats are likely to drop and you could end up with 15/55 or 18/60. Those lines look a lot like the low-tier AJ Pierzynski numbers, without having to deal with the possibility of Napoli losing even more time due to poor D.

As to what to do with him, I say it completely depends upon your league. But in shallow leagues with small benches, I'd support the dumping of Napoli (I dumped him an 8-team league...)
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby Fenris-77 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:31 am

In an 8 team league you can afford to dump just about anyone though. ;-D

Anyone who drafted Naploi knowing what his role is already knew that he wasn't going to start every game, and I think it would be foolish to drop him or whatever based on the first two games. He's a set and forget C, so a little patience is required.
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby mblax10 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:11 am

How did all of you draft Napoli without doing your homework? Should I be pissed that Mark Reynolds has 5 K's in his first 9 AB's?

Scoscia will drive you crazy with playing time. But at the end of the year Napoli will have 20 HR and decent counting stats for a C.

BTW-Kurt Suzuki is the perfect platoon for Napoli. But it's too late for that, because Suzuki was surely drafted in your league.
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby MTUCache » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:36 am

mblax10 wrote:BTW-Kurt Suzuki is the perfect platoon for Napoli. But it's too late for that, because Suzuki was surely drafted in your league.

I'm having a bit of difficulty figuring out how to get my Doumit/Napoli platoon to work the way I want... the main difficulty being that since Nap's games are usually west-coast the lineups don't come out until after Doumit's games have already started.

I agree, Suzuki would be a better choice because of location, but honestly if I had him I probably wouldn't be all that concerned about platooning. Suzuki is going to be gold this year with his average and that spot in the lineup. I had targeted him in both my drafts, but he went pretty early.
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:10 pm

mblax10 wrote:How did all of you draft Napoli without doing your homework? Should I be pissed that Mark Reynolds has 5 K's in his first 9 AB's?

Scoscia will drive you crazy with playing time. But at the end of the year Napoli will have 20 HR and decent counting stats for a C.

BTW-Kurt Suzuki is the perfect platoon for Napoli. But it's too late for that, because Suzuki was surely drafted in your league.


Well, so far Napoli sat the first 2 and started the 3rd. In order to have good value (in standard 12-team leagues, obviously "good value" depends on depth), he needs >350 PA. Since he won't be DHing, this means he needs ~100 starts at C (maybe a few less if he can get a couple games at DH). Sitting the first 2 and then starting one is not a good start toward doing this. That's why I'm still nervous (but not ready to dump yet) in my deeper league...

If he only gets 80 games at C and ~270 PA, he's not going to be worth much, simply because the counting stats won't be there.... 40 R/15 HR/ 50 RBI is not a good line in standard leagues, even from a C....
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby mblax10 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:03 pm

I think you can pretty confidently pencil Napoli in for 50/20/50 right now. Even in the shallowest leagues, you're not going to find a C with those numbers on the waiver wire.

Yes-the reason why Suzuki works so well (really with any C) is that he plays on the west coast. But he's moved up from a late round C this year.
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby peartist » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:20 pm

I hope you're right, as he is sitting again tonight.

I need to see if there's any West Coast catcher's available now, I guess. Or I could pick up Mathis. Har.
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby j24jags » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:33 pm

peartist wrote:I hope you're right, as he is sitting again tonight.

I need to see if there's any West Coast catcher's available now, I guess. Or I could pick up Mathis. Har.

Yeah this stinks...
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby yaboygino » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:28 pm

1 start in 5 games? ahaha really> will he even be able to make 300 at bats this year...so silly. time to drop em
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Re: Napoli benched again

Postby walkoffblast » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:24 pm

F'in ridic. I was prepared for some headaches but this is crazy. CHONE projects Napoli 2 WAR better than Mathis and that is including defense. I knew that stupid HR was going to come back to haunt me. Someone get me a voodoo scioscia doll.
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