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Napoli, Torrealba Contributing in Big Ways

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Mike Napoli, Yorvit Torrealba

    This year has been a huge surprise for the Texas Rangers and their catchers.

    We all had an idea that Yorvit Torrealba would be a good manager of the pitching staff and call good games after spending years in San Diego. Mike Napoli was traded from the Los Angeles Angels to Toronto, who flipped him to the Rangers because the Angels were concerned about his defense.

    Then, he went out and threw out three baserunners the other night, along with having a great working relationship with all of the Rangers starters.

    But how about what those two are doing for the Rangers at the plate?

    It's been nothing short of phenomenal to see from the catcher position, for which there are only a handful of guys in the league that can produce meaningfully at the plate.

    Napoli is the hottest hitter in baseball since the All-Star Game, and has raised his average up to .295 to go with his 18 home runs and 46 RBIs, giving him the most in both categories in baseball in so few at-bats (224).

    Torrealba has also been streaky this year, but he's going well right now. He's got his average up to .279 with four homers and 27 RBIs.

    There for a while, many Rangers fans were second-guessing not bringing back Bengie Molina if he was open to the idea, but right now you aren't hearing that, and it's because those two have been a big part of making the Rangers' lineup one of the most dangerous in baseball from top to bottom.