Giambi strikes out swinging, but very rarely looking and usually gets balls on close pitches. I haven't seen Mauer enough on TV or live to compare them, but a .392 average and that few K's says enough for him.
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johnsamo wrote:I haven't watched his games, but box scores don't lie. When hot streaks last this long, they cease to be streaks and are basically saying this guy can just plain hit. He's special, so special, I'd transition him to third base. You can't risk that kind of hitter taking the physical punishment a catcher takes. Besides long term knee and general fatigue over a season and a career, One bad collission at the plate and he can be out for the season. Any player can have that, but catcher's face a much higher risk with all the close plays at the plate.
Doesn't have Teddy's power, but hitting 400 seems doable if he stays healthy, keeps learning and has protection behind him. That turf has to bump his average a bit, but he'd be hitting anywhere.
Yeah...or at the very least have him only catching 1 or 2 games a week. You can't burn out a guy like that in the field...he's too valuable with his bat.
Mauer cannot be considered to have a better eye than Bonds, Pujols, Abreu, Helton, Giambi, Manny(others?) and I'd even add Hafner, Youkilis and Frank Thomas (still has yet to prove he doesn't, imo). It will take more than less than half a season and decent previous years to take that title. Once pitchers really start staying away from him we'll have a critical piece of knowledge in truly knowing his eye. 34 BB, 27 K isn't amazing for a 5 HR guy taking 3.85 pitches per PA.