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Navarro fought his way all the way through the Angels' system, despite being taken in the 50th and final round of the 2007 Draft, thanks largely to his elite defense, solid on-base ability and unrelenting belief. He batted .246/.303/.324 in 280 Major League plate appearances from 2011-15, but he was never really given consistent playing time.
Navarro, 29, holds several team records for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees, including games played (552), hits (660), runs (336), total bases (937), doubles (153), RBIs (307), extra-base hits (199), walks (216) and sacrifice flies (27).
His father, best friend and mentor, Efren Sr., passed away right before he was scheduled to report to Spring Training last year, so Navarro slept at his grieving mother's home in nearby Lynwood, Calif., whenever he was in the Majors and the team was at home.
Along the way, Angels coaches, players and fans grew to respect and admire Navarro for his resolve, work ethic and character.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.