While Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer is a few years removed from his MVP-caliber 2009 season and has dealt with injury issues, he is still one of the best offensive catchers in fantasy baseball and showed that Monday night.
Mauer extended his current hitting streak to eight games with his best performance of the young season. He went 4-for-5 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a solo shot, two RBI-singles and was later driven in by Ryan Doumit after a first-inning double.
During this impressive streak, Mauer is 14-for-34 (.411 average) with eight runs scored, a home run and four RBI. He leads all catchers in hits but the power surge Monday was a welcome site as he came into the game with just one home run and one RBI.
The knock on Mauer is his lack of power in recent years, and rightfully so. Since hitting 28 home runs in 2009, Mauer has managed just 24 since. He managed to yank just 10 out of the ballpark last year but it’s great to see he already has two. The Twins new ballpark is not exactly designed for home run hitters, but Mauer hasn’t been able to hit them anywhere.
The veteran is clearly on pace for another .300-plus year while providing a solid amount of runs and RBI from the catcher spot. If he can continue to hit homers at this pace he’ll end up providing great value after being taken outside of the top 5 catchers in most drafts this year.