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Extra work helps Gradoville find success

Gradoville always seems to help his pitchers

Like most backup catchers, Chris Gradoville is rarely recognized in a Rangers system loaded with top prospects. But the Omaha native did a lot of work to help the talented Frisco pitching staff in 2009. Lone Star Dugout sat down with the 25-year-old Creighton product.

Backup catchers are often one of the most underappreciated commodities on a baseball team, and that was absolutely the case with Frisco's Chris Gradoville in 2009. At the plate, the Omaha native didn't post great numbers. Playing approximately once every four days, Gradoville batted .227 with five doubles, one home run, and 15 runs batted in on the season. However, it should be pointed out that...

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