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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Angels - Demoted Mathis

Los Angeles Angels - Optioned C Jeff Mathis to Salt Lake; recalled C Mike Napoli.

The way the Angels has handled Jeff Mathis has been very disappointing.  The Angels couldn’t even give Jeff Mathis more than two weeks to show his stuff, allowing him all of 44 plate appearances to prove himself.  If they were concerned about Jeff Mathis’ confidence, I would think a better strategy would be to actually give him a chance to play instead of half-heartedly giving him a couple of starts a week because Jose Molina is so damn awesome.  Double standards and ageism and demotions aren’t confidence boosters in any way I’ve learned.  Sure, if they keep him down for more than 30 days or so, they’ll save a year of service time, but if they won’t give him a real shot, who cares?  Mike Napoli, like Jose Molina, is an inferior player to Jeff Mathis every day in the past, present, and future.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 04, 2006 at 03:31 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: May 04, 2006 at 05:28 PM (#2003828)
The mistake was not offering Bengie Molina arbitration. Mathis wasn't ready to be in the majors this year and everyone knew it.

Of course, Napoli is less ready than Mathis.

Given that Mathis was on the team, his playing time made sense. He was being eased into the lineup, and in each of the last two minor league seasons has slumped as the season progressed, hinting (to me, anyway) that he has been tiring and should be rested more earlier in the season.
   2. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: May 04, 2006 at 05:34 PM (#2003835)
Of course, Napoli is less ready than Mathis.

By this, I mean it's obvious that he'll hit a home run in his first at-bat.
   3. SABRJoe Posted: May 04, 2006 at 05:34 PM (#2003836)
Napoli just went yard in his first Major League AB.
   4. Ozzie's gay friend Posted: May 04, 2006 at 08:35 PM (#2004077)
man, all these hot Angels prospects are flopping.

Kotchman has no power, Dallas Mac can't hit, now Mathis?
   5. chris p Posted: May 04, 2006 at 08:38 PM (#2004087)
Kotchman has no power, Dallas Mac can't hit, now Mathis?

maybe they all have mono.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2006 at 09:06 PM (#2004139)
Isn't Napoli's defense mighty suspect? I remember being interested in him a year or two ago when he was exposed to the Rule 5. From what I remember he had great power, but projected to be a DH someday.
   7. BDC Posted: May 04, 2006 at 09:17 PM (#2004156)
I hope he makes good, or the only image I will ever have of Mathis is him attempting to pluck Jason Kendall off of John Lackey ...
   8. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: May 04, 2006 at 09:31 PM (#2004180)
Forgetting Mathis for a second, who I feel kind of bad for in all this...


Woohoo!!!!! I've been talking this guy (Napoli) up since he was in high school - I feel slight vindication!

Napoli's defense improved a lot in the last year and a half - he'd been considered to have a solid arm but lousy footwork (bad enough that he might have to move to first one day - there were injury concerns with him behind the plate as well) - he's since tightened up that aspect of his game (leading to a good kill rate in the Texas League) and is reportedly a solid pitch caller. His swing has holes in it (he'll probably never hit for a great average), but he tries to draw walks (and does!) and has good power. It is far from out of the realm of possibility that Napoli will become an above average major league catcher one day.
   9. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: May 04, 2006 at 09:42 PM (#2004186)
If everything breaks right for Napoli, he could be a Mickey Tettleton or a Chris Hoiles. That's the high end. The low end would be a catching Rob Deer, I guess ...
   10. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: May 04, 2006 at 09:59 PM (#2004203)
The low end would be a catching Rob Deer, I guess
What's the treatment for that?
   11. Mattbert Posted: May 05, 2006 at 07:48 PM (#2005474)
The low end would be a catching Rob Deer, I guess
What's the treatment for that?
Depending on the height from which Rob Deer was falling, anything from a full body cast to a coffin.
   12. AROM Posted: May 05, 2006 at 08:48 PM (#2005518)
A catching Rob Deer would be a fantastic thing, a .220 average but 30 hr, 80 bb, and a career 109 OPS+.

The low end for Napoli is something like being the next Mike Rivera. If you say "who?", well, that's my point.

I don't know about long term, but seeing him homer in his first AB brightened my day. Good luck, Mike, on sticking in the bigs.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2006 at 03:52 PM (#2022137)
So Mike Napoli = Todd Greene?
   14. Russ Posted: May 16, 2006 at 04:14 PM (#2022165)
So Mike Napoli = Todd Greene?

Maybe Mark Parent?

http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/parenma01.shtml

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