All of Harper's seasons were low K%, his lowest being 1992 with 22 strikeouts in 546 plate appearances. Which is amazing. He was a little high in GDP per season but not anywhere near how often Mauer GDP's. Harper was a great player.
I don't know if Mauer's increasing K rate is part of the same phenomenon as the rest of the team. However much he strikes out, I think he's sitting on a big year.
The signing this off-season that I am most confused by is Paul Maholm to the Dodgers for 1.5 mil plus incentives. He likely starts the season out of the bull pen despite putting up numbers similiar to Arroyo over the past several seasons and being considerably younger. Is there something in his medicals or did he just REALLY want to play in LA?
K rates are rising across baseball, it's no surprise that bad teams are striking out. Hopefully 2014 sees a change in the Minnesota dugout. I like the Twins to produce more offense this year, but how much better than can be remains to be seen. There are a lot of young guys in the dugout and more on the way. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Twins continue to lead the league in K's or be very close to the top. It's going to get better, but it's going to be a long time coming.
I'll take the strikeout over the double play grounder to 2B every time.
Maybe Joe Mauer should talk to Brian Harper. Didn't Mr. Harper strike out like 17x over 550 at bats one year?
Agreed. Since 2007 there hasn't been a single recipient capable of sustained MLB success. No wonder the twins pitching has been the worst in baseball lately. These are our best/most successful minor league pitchers, and 5 of the last 6 are no longer with the team and brought zero return upon departure. Awesome.