Redefine9d wrote:I thought I heard this somewhere, but Joe Mauer never struck out, not even once, in his 4 years of high school baseball.
Never struck out, or never struck out looking? I could definitely believe the second, but to never strike out at all from age 15-18 would be an amazing feat.
You're right, he actually did strike out...once...
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.