theclefe wrote: Numbers and ratios are great, but in a single season league when a young player isn't producing half way through the season, it is reasonable to believe he won't improve consideraby in the second half. At least, not enough to signifigantly help out your team. Minnesota has given no indication they plan on playing him more, so I don't think there is much allure.
That's a pretty slippery comment. The reasons to believe a young player will not significantly improve his numbers for the second half have more to do with other factors than just low production levels in the first half. Can you show me why it is reasonable to believe Mauer will continue at the current pace?
I am speaking more on the impression of Mauer to prospective owners. A young catcher, highly touted, has seemingly underperformed (due to lack of playing time). With only 6 homeruns, 26 Rbis and and 22 runs, he ranks around 15th among catchers in production. Even though his batting average ranks sixth among starting catchers, with only 205 at bats it carries less of an impact.
Assuming a majority of the owners in his league have a clue, why would they drop their catcher for boardline production? Not only that, but they should know Mauer's playing time is not expected to increase in the near future. They would have to gamble that a rookie hitter, who could very well be a year or two away from reaching his potential production will suddenly meet in in the second half.
That would be a high risk move for most in my opinion. Not to mention, he was just inexplicably dropped by a team. That would raise red flags with me, and I certainly wouldn't waste a waiver priority on him unless my catcher died recently.
To answer your queston, it is hard to put a hot streak together playing sporadically. In fact, I am surprised and impressed he has put up these numbers so far. The only hope I see for more playing time is in September whent he Twins are in the playoff hunt, and they need to rely on Mauer and Morneau a bit more.
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