March 20, 2013
Welcome to our annual series of 'best player by position' per division across all of Major League Baseball. Our goal in this set of articles was to set forth the player from each position that is the best in the division right now. No weight was given to a player's glorious or dubious past. These are our opinions as to who is most likely to represent the division in top-tier form in 2013.
As such, we welcome all feedback, criticism, and (gasp!) praise in the comments section below. Enjoy!
Catcher Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins A full season from Salvador Perez and an eventual breakout season from Carlos Santana and this would be a more exciting position debate. For now, Mauer is still the guy to chase. He has dedicated himself all offseason to getting as many starts at catcher as possible. After an injury-plagued 2011, Mauer got back to being Mauer in 2012 with a .319 avg., .416 on-base %, and 85 RBI's.
Prince Fielder Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers ...