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Postby San D » Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:20 pm

What are everyone's thoughts on Mauer?

He's only 22 or 23 and already has a great batting eye and smooth swing. Is he going to ever develop significant power? Also, what about his injuries of the past?
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Postby J35J » Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:44 pm

I think he can produce 15-20 hrs pretty consistantly with a career yr or two of 25ish hrs.
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Postby The Miner Part 2 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:51 pm

joe maurer = jason kendall.
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Postby warrick95 » Thu Sep 22, 2005 11:00 pm

Injuries: The knee injury, though it may have lingering effects, was one event. He doesn't have a long injury history. We will certainly have to watch out for the knee in the future, but his health has looked very good this season...any setbacks would've been very disconcerting and put a position change into further scrutiny.

Power: The kid is only 22. First of all, the Twins are damn happy enough that he's been healthy nearly all year long. Getting back from that knee injury was the plan this year...and to be reasonably productive. Well, he's hit around .300 with an OBP in the high .300s, and a K/BB ratio that is near one. That is unheard of for a young player such as himself. His SLG has gone down significantly since last season, but he only hit 9 home runs in 3 Minor League seasons prior to last year's homer surge.

What last year's power numbers showed me, IMO, is that he is very capable of hitting for more power, but just has to learn how to do so. Power is the last tool to come, as it requires the body to fill out more, as well as needing to learn how to properly lift the ball. Mauer isn't exactly a small guy. I believe that as time goes on, he's going to be capable of hitting 30 home runs. It's not a guarantee of course, but the Twins' front office was hoping for 35-40.

As for now, he'll provide a high average, some SBs, and good R/RBI numbers from the catcher spot. He's a top-5 C at the very least. I foresee the #1 catcher spot in his grasps once he adds some power to the arsenal. I may be higher on Mauer than others, but he is just incredibly talented.
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Postby DCNats » Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:31 am

warrick95 wrote:Injuries: The knee injury, though it may have lingering effects, was one event. He doesn't have a long injury history. We will certainly have to watch out for the knee in the future, but his health has looked very good this season...any setbacks would've been very disconcerting and put a position change into further scrutiny.

Power: The kid is only 22. First of all, the Twins are damn happy enough that he's been healthy nearly all year long. Getting back from that knee injury was the plan this year...and to be reasonably productive. Well, he's hit around .300 with an OBP in the high .300s, and a K/BB ratio that is near one. That is unheard of for a young player such as himself. His SLG has gone down significantly since last season, but he only hit 9 home runs in 3 Minor League seasons prior to last year's homer surge.

What last year's power numbers showed me, IMO, is that he is very capable of hitting for more power, but just has to learn how to do so. Power is the last tool to come, as it requires the body to fill out more, as well as needing to learn how to properly lift the ball. Mauer isn't exactly a small guy. I believe that as time goes on, he's going to be capable of hitting 30 home runs. It's not a guarantee of course, but the Twins' front office was hoping for 35-40.

As for now, he'll provide a high average, some SBs, and good R/RBI numbers from the catcher spot. He's a top-5 C at the very least. I foresee the #1 catcher spot in his grasps once he adds some power to the arsenal. I may be higher on Mauer than others, but he is just incredibly talented.


Seems like a good assessment to me. Your take on this kid in a keeper probably has more to do with your patience than anything else (with regards to power).
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Postby chadlincoln » Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:41 am

The Miner Part 2 wrote:joe maurer = jason kendall.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:52 am

I think he will be a 20-25 HR power guy.
Something Kendall never did. ;-)
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Postby Iconoclastic » Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:27 pm

Mauer is underrated- I see him as the next Pudge
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Grady Sizemore will have more value than Jason Bay regardless of draft position

Aramis Ramirez in 155 G will hit over .300 40 HR 110 RBIs

Brian McCann will have more value than Jorge Posada regardless of draft position
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Postby seniorpaul » Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:48 pm

I think the power will come. He is only 22 after all, and this is his first full pro season. I forsee him and Vmart battleing it out for the top catcher for years to come.
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Sep 23, 2005 3:14 pm

I hope they actually play him next year ! I wasted a pick on him
I'm too lazy to make a sig at the moment
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