Mauer, who turned 33 on April 19, is hitting .328/.450/.453 with a homer, six RBIs and six runs in 18 games. He leads the American League in on-base percentage, while also ranking seventh in batting average. It's a big jump from the last two seasons, when he combined to hit .270/.348/.376 in 278 games.
Mauer is off to the best start among Twins position players, but right fielder Miguel Sano is also starting to heat up. Sano is hitting .250/.384/.433 with three homers and six RBIs. Designated hitter Byung Ho Park also leads the team with four homers.
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The other side: Over in the National League, Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler didn't re-sign with Chicago until late February, but he has been one of the best hitters in baseball early this season. Fowler is hitting .385, while leading the NL with 17 runs and nine doubles.
Tip of the cap: Coming off an impressive showing in the postseason that saw him hit three homers in the AL Division Series, Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus is off to a hot start, hitting .302/.449/.698 with six homers and 16 RBIs.
A rising star: Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has been in the league for four seasons, but is still just 24 years old and is enjoying a breakout season. He's hitting .396 while leading the National League with a .529 on-base percentage.
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