Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/19/12
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PROJECTED STARTER Joe Mauer, .287 BA, 3 HRs, 30 RBIs in 2011 Mauer is a three-time batting champion and a former American League MVP. But the Minnesota Twins' star catcher was a shell of himself in 2011. Mauer batted a career-low .287 and slugged just .368, also the lowest of his eight-year career. Most notably, Mauer played in just 82 games due to numerous injuries, including bilateral leg weakness. But after recovering from pneumonia at the end of the 2011 season, Mauer is finally healthy again as is evident by the amount of time he's spent on the field this spring in Fort Myers. Through Sunday, Mauer had played in 10 games and is 7-for-26 with five RBIs. "I'm surprisingly feeling pretty good at the plate," Mauer said earlier this month. "My goal in spring training is to get on time for a fastball, control and not get so jumpy. Just kind of get on time for a fastball and go from there." Mauer threw out 26 percent of base runners in both 2009 and 2010, but that number improv...
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