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It's been ugly in Minnesota for both Mauer and the entire Twins team.
Joe Mauer: .261 Batting Average, 1 Home Run, 5 RBI, .711 OPS
The Twins invested $184 million in Joe Mauer after he won the 2009 American League MVP Award.
Since then he's been injured more than he's been healthy and has been mired in a serious offensive slump to start the 2012 season. He's still one of the very best defensive catchers in all of baseball, but given his sky high salary, there is a lot of pressure on him to perform with his bat as well.
Sure, his stat line above isn't as bad as the others on this list. However, before his 3-for-5 night on Thursday that included a three-run blast of the Angels' Dan Haren—his first home run of the young season—Mauer was hitting just .167 with a .417 OPS and just two RBI. This early in the season, it takes just one solid game to boost a player's stats.
The question is, was Thursday's performance an anomaly or just what Mauer needed to break out of his funk?
The Twins may be in a rebuilding mode, but they are supposed to be rebuilding around Mauer. That's going to be tough to do if he's not hitting consistently.