I know a lot of baseball fans think Joe Mauer is a good baseball player, but i wonder if his lack of power in his young career has worked as a disguise for his greatness. His career batting average is over .315. The best catchers in the history of the game are widely considered to be Mike Piazza, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, and Pudge Rodriguez who all had career batting averages below Mauer's. At 26 years of age his best days should still be yet to come.
He has had some trouble staying healthy so far; however myself, like the Twins, seem to think them a series of fluke injuries and seem content to keep him behind the dish for the foreseeable future.
So far this year Mauer has come to the plate 22 times and has reached base more then half of those times. He may be the most patient hitter in the game, never afraid to take pitches and bat with multiple strikes on him.
I know he has a long way to go to legitimately be included with the catchers i named before, but here is looking forward to a long career in which it is not too far fetched to believe that Joe Mauer has a chance to be the best catcher is the history of the game. So pay attention when your watching that pure swing, you may one day be telling your grandchildren about this guy.