Ray Navarrete Playing The Best Baseball Of His Career

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Ray Navarette may be having one of the best seasons of his career. All right he's having the best season of his career.

After finishing the 2011 season with a career high 27 home runs, but a career low .242 batting average, Naverrete worked this offseason to prove he could still play and hit for average. Spending much of the offseason with his business partner Jay Loviglio who just happens to be his hitting coach at there baseball academy Cage 16.

Navarrete is currently hitting .322 for the First Half Liberty Division Champs, and is making a case to win his second Atlantic League MVP.

The improvement in Navarrete's average also coincides with lower strikeout numbers, and being more selective at the plate. Last season through 122 games, he averaged 0.78 strikeouts per game. This season he has lowered the number to 0.49 per game.

While he has only 9 home runs this season his power numbers are not suffering. He has 28 doubles this season, he had 27 all of 2011.

He's also on pace to drive in 96 RBI, something he hasn't done since he won the Atlantic League MVP in 2009.

Another factor for his success this season could be contributed to playing second base on a constant basis and not being moved around to different positions (Most baseball players have routines which make them comfortable in all aspects of the game).

As the Ducks get ready to start the second half of the season, it will be interesting to see if Navarrete can keep up the pace he is currently at. A pace that will have him finishing the season with .322 batting average, 56 doubles, 18 home runs, 96 RBI, an Atlantic League MVP and an Atlantic League Championship.


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