2011 MLB Draft: Minnesota Twins Keeping Injury-Plagued Joe Mauer at Catcher?
Teams are supposed to focus on acquiring top talent in the MLB amateur draft, not to fill specific current needs. But when a team without an obvious current solution for a given roster spot ignores that position in the draft, it's worth noting.
Even before his injury troubles started again this season, there was talk that Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer would move out from behind the plate eventually; he's big for a catcher, and the Twinkies presumably want to preserve their best hitter's health through the end of his contract in 2018.
With the Twins falling out of contention and Mauer suffering injury problems, there have been calls for him to be moved sooner rather than later.
Neither Baseball America nor FanGraphs had a catcher on their preseason top prospect lists for Minnesota, so there's no obvious in-house candidate to replace Mauer. Yet as of the seventh round the Twins have not drafted a backstop.
This could be a sign that the Twins plan to stick with Mauer as their catcher for the foreseeable future. It's a decision they'll probably come to regret.
Most recent updates:
What is the duplicate article?
Why is this article offensive?
Where is this article plagiarized from?
Why is this article poorly edited?