Well obviously, if you don't have a good option, you keep him their for now, but I was the GM I'd defintely be looking to develop one or trade for a good one at some point. A catcher that's good with pitchers is worth his weight in gold, but it can be developed if you've got a smart kid in the minors with a good arm but who doesn't have the hitting cieling that Mauer does.
Also, a catcher is going to play maybe 130 games maximum a season otherwise you wear him out late in the season, but at 3b, you can play every game or close to it...
I mention 3b arbitrarily since Morneau is already at 1b and since Mauer is a catcher, he's obviously got an arm that can play 3b. The outfield is another option, but there's more running and collissions in the outfield. If you want a guy to play the maximum #s of games, on average, 3b and 1b are the best spots.
Catcher is also a good place for a platoon scenario if you can develop a lefty hitting catcher. Having two good platoon catchers (one a lefty hitter, another righty) is the ideal situation because you don't wind up with a tired catcher late in the season.
ha, I love it that Mauer dropped to me in the two leagues whose drafts I was unable to attend due to other commitments. Good thing my fellow GM's were following the 'don't take catchers early' strategies
johnsamo wrote:And never ever ever throw a bat at an ump. Every ump in the league saw that tape of Delmon YOung and he's already in their doghouse before he even makes the show. He's gonna have to be a real nice guy a long time to live that down.
Fantasy Analysis: Mauer isn't quite Barry Bonds when it comes to his eye for the strike zone, but he's definitely one of the best in the game at laying off bad pitches. As a result, Mauer usually puts the ball in play. In fact, he only fanned once his entire high school career. He's had slightly more trouble with Major League pitchers, but still only has 21 strikeouts in 178 at-bats this season.
When Mauer makes contact, he's able to use all parts of the field. Angels manager Mike Scioscia compared Mauer to Ivan Rodriguez, but with less power. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire appreciates the way Mauer doesn't try to do too much with any pitch. It's not a home-run hitters mentality, but it keeps Mauer on the basepaths.
While winning a batting title might be a stretch because he will inevitably wear down, Mauer won't fall into any prolonged slumps because of his approach – which will keep his average among the best in baseball.