Handicapping the AL Central: Who's No. 1 Going Into the Season

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Handicapping the AL Central: Who's No. 1 Going Into the Season

The 2010 AL Central is a division of the "haves" and the have-nots". In this division preview I'll let you know who has the best rotation, best lineup, the biggest home field advantage, the best individual player, and last but not least the best chance at winning the division this season.

While the AL Central lacks the overall talent level of a division like the AL East, there is plenty of star power to be found in the Central. Guys like Joe Mauer and Miguel Cabrera are two of the best hitters in baseball, and Jake Peavy and Zach Greinke both boast Cy Young awards in their careers.

Without further ado, let's get to the first topic and the easiest one to pick a winner for.

Best Individual player - Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer is one of the few guys in baseball that is still in an entirely different class than some of the games best hitters like Miguel Cabrera and Justin Morneau. In addition to that, Mauer is not only an historically good hitter, he's also a very good fielder. He's won the AL Gold Glove in each of the past two seasons.

Mauer is already a three time batting champion, and for the first time in his career showed big time power by belting 28 homers (his previous career high was 13)

At age 26, hes not only one of the best current players in baseball, it appears that he'll continue to be one of the best for years to come.

Other Contenders For Best Individual player (in order):
Zach Greinke
Miguel Cabrera
Justin Morneau

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