2012 Fantasy Baseball: Is Twins' Joe Mauer Overrated?

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In March of 2010 Mauer signed an eight year, $184 million contract extension. Now, entering his ninth year in MLB, Joe Mauer has played in parts of eight seasons with the equivalent of seven full seasons of at bats (combining his 2004 and 2011 at bats).

A career .324 hitter, Mauer has long been praised for, and gets paid for,  being one of the very best offensive forces in the game. At .324, there’s no dispute at his ability to make contact, putting the ball in play and reaching base safely. Given that Mauer’s accomplishments come while playing the most demanding position on the field, catcher, his hitting prowess is indeed quite special and unique.

That said, let’s take a look at Mauer’s actual performance and put some perspective between perception and reality.

Let’s take a look at the offensive metrics of Twin City’s favorite son:

Mauer’s seven full years of offensive stats equate to yearly stats of a .324 batting average with 78 runs scored, 12 HR’s, 72 RBI (rounding up), and just over 5 SB’s, per season.

  • .324
  • 78 RS
  • 12 HR
  • 72 RBI
  • 5 SB

In summary, Joe Mauer is the richest “Punch and Judy hitter” that MLB has ever seen. Mauer is a poor man’s Rod Carew, (at least Carew has 353 lifetime stolen bases).

In past years I’ve seen fantasy participants bid in excess of $25 for Joe Mauer. Caveat Emptor when bidding on this light hitting catcher in your Fantasy Baseball draft as you will be paying for batting average and not much else.

The founder and former owner of MC3 Sports Media, Mike Cardano is the Sr. Business Administrator for RotoExperts and the Executive Director here at You may email Mike @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @MikeCardano. Listen to Mike on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew Tuesday mornings at 10am ET.