Michael Anthony Napoli, called Mike, was born on October 31, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida. He is a catcher with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Mike is 6’ 0”, weighs 215 pounds, and bats and throws right.
High SchoolMike attended Charles Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Minor LeaguesMike was drafted out of high school by the Anaheim Angels in the 17th round (500th overall) of the 2000 draft.
Mike started out in the minor leagues with the rookie-level A Butte Copper Kings.
Although Mike missed most of 2000 with a lower back strain, he was still promoted in 2001 to the high-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, and then the single-A Cedar Rapids.
In 2002, he played for Cedar Rapids, In 2003, he was promoted to Rancho Cucamonga, but a shoulder injury kept him out for much of the season.
In 2005, Mike was promoted to AA Arkansas. He finished second in the league with extra-base hits and fifth in runs scored.
In 2006, the Angels new starting catcher, Jeff Mathis, struggled, and Mike was promoted to take his place.
Mike suffered an injury in 2008 and rehabbed with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before returning to the big leagues, where he now splits catching duties with Jeff Mathis.