Seth Stohs Owner Posted March 31, 2015 Share Posted March 31, 2015 Earlier, we discussed Kurt Suzuki and the rest of the AL Central catchers. Now, we take a look at Joe Mauer and the AL Central first basemen. Mauer had a tough season in 2014 and looks to rebound in 2015. There are some really good first basemen in the division as well. As we continue through this series, we’ll be taking a look at the Twins roster. We’ll make some projections and compare the Twins players to the rest of the American League Central.MINNESOTA TWINS – JOE MAUER After ten years as a major league catcher, foul tips to the mask finally caught up to Mauer and he made the move to first base in 2014. Did the concussion(s) affect the beginning of Mauer’s 2014 season at the plate? I think it would be hard to argue that it didn’t, and Mauer had the most difficult offensive season of his career. (Admittedly, he had set the bar very high) He hit just .277/.361/.371 (.732) with 27 doubles and four home runs. One big question for the Minnesota Twins in 2015 has to do with the soon-to-be 32-year-old Mauer. Will he be able to get close to those remarkable offensive numbers he put up for most of his first decade in the big leagues, or did that decade behind the plate do him in and he’ll continue to “struggle” in 2015? That’s the question, and of course, there is no way to answer that question with any certainty. So what are we projecting from Joe Mauer in 2015? The projections of our Twins Daily writers: Seth – .296/.371/.428 (.799) with 37 doubles and 8 HR.Nick – .315/.410/.445 (.855) with 40 doubles and 10 HR.Parker –John – .300/.380/.400 (780 OPS) with 35 doubles, and 8 HR.AL CENTRAL FIRST BASEMEN Opponent – Player – 2015 Age – 2014 StatisticsChicago – Jose Abreu – 28 - .317/.383/.581 (.964) with 35 doubles, 36-HRCleveland – Carlos Santana – 29 - .231/.365/.427 (.792) with 25 doubles, 27-HRDetroit – Miguel Cabrera – 32 - .313/.371/.524 (.895) with 52 doubles, 25-HRKansas City – Eric Hosmer – 25 - .270/.318/.398 (.716) with 35 doubles, 9-HR AL CENTRAL FIRST BASEMAN RANKINGS #1 – Jose Abreu – Chicago#2 – Miguel Cabrera – Detroit#3 – Carlos Santana – Cleveland#4 – Joe Mauer – Minnesota#5 – Eric Hosmer – Kansas City NOW IT’S YOUR TURN Give it a little thought and then go to the comments section below and post two things. First, make your statistical projection for Joe Mauer in 2015. Second, how would you rank the AL Central first basemen? Of course, then discuss with the rest of the Twins Daily community. Finally, check back throughout this next week as we’ll do these same things for each of the positions. Click here to view the article Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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