Joseph Patrick Mauer...wife, Maddie (Bisanz)...twin daughters, Maren Virginia and Emily Teresa (7/24/13)...2001 graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall (MN) High School where he played baseball, basketball and football...led football team to two straight appearances in the Minnesota Class 5A championship game, winning the state title in 2000...named Gatorade's National Player of the Year, Parade and USA Today Player of the Year, and Reebok/ ESPN High School All-American in football...signed letter of intent to play football at Florida State University...was All-State in basketball in junior and senior seasons...tied a national high school baseball record by homering in seven consecutive games...was District V Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year in 2001...was member of Team USA Junior National Team 1998-2000...voted best hitter at the World Tournament in Panama in 2000... became seventh Minnesotan to be selected in first round and first to be selected first overall...donates time and effort in support of Twins Rookie League and R.B.I. programs...is active member of Minnesota Action Team, an expanding national youth volunteer initiative run by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America...donates time and money in support of renovating and building baseball fields in St. Paul and surrounding areas...participates annually in Twins Winter Caravan...donates time and money annually to the Gillette Children's Hospital, along with his wife.
Made 11th career Opening Day start, second straight at first base; tied with Kirby Puckett for fourth most Opening Day starts in club history, trailing Harmon Killebrew (12), Rod Carew (12) and Kent Hrbek (12).... Hit 312th career double April 26 at Seattle, tying Kent Hrbek for third on the Twins all-time list; hit 313th career double April 27 vs. Detroit, passing Hrbek and moving into sole possession of third.... Recorded 700th career RBI April 29 vs. Detroit.... Homered in the 13th inning May 20 at Pittsburgh to give Twins an eventual 4-3 victory, his second career extra-innings home run; the home run was the 110th of his career, tying him with Roy Smalley for 12th on Twins all-time list...hit 111th career home run June 5 vs. Milwaukee, passing Smalley and moving into sole possession of 12th.... Played in 1,361st career game June 16 at St. Louis, tying Gary Gaetti for sixth on Twins all-time list; played in 1,362nd career game June 17 at St. Louis, passing Gaetti and moving into sole possession of sixth.... Had 32-game Interleague on-base streak snapped June 16 at St. Louis, going 0-for-4; the streak spanned back to May 21, 2013....Hit solo home run with two outs in bottom of eighth inning June 18 vs. St. Louis, tying the game at 1-1 as Twins eventually won 2-1....Set season-high with four hits July 4 at Kansas City, the 23rd time in career with four-plus hits...Recorded two RBI August 5 at Toronto giving him 735 for his career, passing Rod Carew and moving into sole possession of eighth on the Twins all-time list...Hit 329th career double July 24 vs. New York-AL, tying Tony Oliva for second on the Twins all-time list; hit 330th August 11 vs. Texas moving into second place... Reached base safely in 43 straight games August 7-September 24, which set a club record and was the fourth longest streak in baseball in 2015... Played in 148th game September 23 vs. Cleveland, setting a new single-season career-high (147 in 2012)... Hit 10th home run September 30 at Cleveland (Game 1), marking his fifth season with double-digit homers....Hit .352 (44-for-125) with runners in scoring position, the fourth best in the AL and 11th best in baseball.
Started 10th career Opening Day March 31 at Chicago-AL, his first as a first baseman; the 10 Opening Day starts tied with Tony Oliva for fifth most in club history (Killebrew - 12, Carew - 12, Hrbek - 12, Puckett - 11)...Drew 18 walks in April, the fifth most in the AL, tied for eighth most in baseball...Recorded 289th and 290th career doubles June 2 at Milwaukee, tying and passing Justin Morneau and moving into sole possession of fifth place on the Twins all-time list...Drew 641st career walk June 3 at Milwaukee, tying Bob Allison for third on the Twins all-time list; passed Allison the next day with his 642nd June 4 vs. Milwaukee, moving into sole possession of third...Played in 1,234th career game June 9 at Toronto, tying Torii Hunter for ninth on the Twins all-time list; passed Hunter the next day with his 1,235th June 10 at Toronto, moving into sole possession of ninth...Played in 1,236th career game the next day June 11 at Toronto, tying Bob Allison for eighth on Twins all-time list; passed Allison with his 1,237th June 13 at Detroit, moving into sole possession of eighth...Was named Major League Baseball All-Star Ambassador, joining Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Paul Molitor and Tony Oliva...the role helped generate awareness for all events during All-Star Week, including the 85th MLB All-Star Game (July 15th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day (July 14th) featuring the Home Run Derby, Taco Bell All-Star Sunday (July 13), including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 13), and T-Mobile All Star FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center (July 11th-15)...Placed on 15-day disabled list July 2 with right oblique strain...went on rehab assignment, playing four games with Single-A Cedar Rapids; reinstated August 11...Recorded 300th career double August 11 at Houston...recorded 1,500th career hit two days later August 13 at Houston...became sixth Twin to record 1,500 hits joining Puckett (2,304), Carew (2,085), Oliva (1,917), Hrbek (1,749) and Killebrew (1,713)...Tied career-high with 16-game hitting streak June 19-August 15, hitting .365 (23-for-63) with eight doubles, one home run and 14 RBI during the streak...Drew 111th career intentional walk, passing Kent Hrbek and moving into sole possession of third on the Twins all-time list...Reached base safely in 25 straight games June 19-August 23, at the time was the longest in baseball; longest for a Twin since Michael Cuddyer reached in 27 straight in 2010...Played in 1,278th career game September 4 vs. Los Angeles-AL, tying him with Justin Morneau for seventh on the Twins all-time list; played in 1,279th September 5 moving into sole possession of seventh...Hit 305th career double September 6 vs. Los Angeles-AL, tying Rod Carew for fourth on the Twins all-time list...hit 306th double September 9 at Cleveland, passing Carew and moving into sole possession of fourth on the Twins all-time list...Hit .429 (24-for-56) with runners in scoring position in final 47 games, beginning June 17, the highest in baseball since that date.
Played in the World Baseball Classic with Team USA, hitting .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles, one triple, two RBI and four runs scored in six games... Started ninth Opening Day as catcher April 1 vs. Detroit, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk... Recorded 1,276th career hit April 7 at Baltimore, tying him with Gary Gaetti for sixth on the Twins all-time list...passed Gaetti with his 1,277th April 8 at Kansas City, moving into sole possession of sixth place... Recorded 252nd career double April 15 vs. Los Angeles-AL, tying him with Gary Gaetti for seventh on Twins' all-time list...passed Gaetti with his 253rd May 5 at Cleveland, moving into sole possession of seventh place... Recorded 20th career four-hit game April 15 vs. Los Angeles-AL, recording three RBI...had 21st career four-hit game the next night April 16 vs. Los Angeles-AL, also had three RBI...it was the second time in his career recording consecutive four-hit games, last being June 26-27, 2006 vs. Los Angeles-NL... Went 0-for-21 from April 23-30, the longest hitless stretch of his career... Hit safely in 15 straight games April 30-May 18, the second longest streak of his career; batted .443 (27-for-61) during the streak with 12 doubles... Recorded 259th and 260th doubles of career May 10 vs. Baltimore, tying and passing Torii Hunter and moving into sole possession of sixth place on the Twins all-time list... Scored three runs May 11 vs. Baltimore, the 646th, 647th and 648th runs of his career, the first tied Gary Gaetti and Cesar Tovar for ninth on the Twins all-time list, the second run passed them and placed him ninth, the third run tied him with Bob Allison for eighth on the Twins all-time list...passed Allison with 649th May 13 vs. Chicago-AL and moved into sole possession of eighth place... Was intentionally walked May 13 vs. Chicago-AL, the 99th of his career, tying Rod Carew for fifth most in Twins history...drew 100th May 21 at Atlanta... Hit .371 (39-for-105) in May, the third highest average in the AL, his 12 doubles ranked fourth and his .455 on-base percentage for the month was tied with Miguel Cabrera for first... Hit 100th career home run June 8 at Washington, a solo shot off Gio Gonzalez... Scored 672nd career run June 23 at Cleveland, tying him with Torii Hunter for seventh on the Twins all-time list...passed Hunter with his 673rd June 25 at Miami... Drew 599th and 600th career walks July 8 at Tampa Bay... Named starting catcher on the American League All-Star team, his sixth appearance and fourth start, compiling 5,443,856 votes...he batted eighth and went 1-for-2, singling off Cliff Lee... Placed on Paternity List July 24-29 and traveled back to Minnesota for the birth of his twin daughters Maren Virginia and Emily Teresa, who were born two minutes apart, beginning at 3:05 a.m. July 24... Hit .360 (27-for-75) in 20 July games, the seventh best average in the AL; posted a .437 on-base percentage in the month, third best in the AL... Tied career-high with five hits August 14 vs. Cleveland, marking his fifth career five-hit game, first since 2010... Placed on 7-day disabled list August 20 with concussion-like symptoms, after suffering multiple foul balls to the mask August 19 vs. New York-NL; missed the Twins final 39 games• Set a single season career-high with 89 strikeouts... Threw out 43% of baserunners attempting to steal, the second best percentage of career and highest since 2007... Ranked third in baseball in batting average (.324) with a minimum of 400 at-bats; his .404 on-base percentage ranked sixth in baseball... Hit .291 (78-for-268) with two strikes, the highest in baseball and fourth highest in Twins history... Was Twins finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award, given by Major League Baseball and Chevrolet for community service excellence... Won fifth Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award, one of seven Twins to ever win the award... Given the Calvin R. Griffith Award for Most Valuable Twin voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of Baseball Writers Association of America, his third time winning the award... Ranked by Baseball America in their 2013 annual tools survey as the third-best hitter in the AL (Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout), second best strike zone judgement (Cabrera), and third best defensive catcher (Salvador Perez and Matt Wieters)... On November 11, it was announced that he will move from catcher to first baseman starting in 2014 due to inherent risks of future injury.
Was Twins Opening Day catcher for eighth time in career, going 0-2 with two walks April 6 at
Baltimore. ... Hit second career home run at Target Field April 12 vs. Los Angeles-AL in his 468th career plate
appearance at Target Field. ... Batted .325 (26-for-80) with 13 RBI, 12 walks and a .419 on-base percentage in 21 April games...
reached base via hit or walk in 19 of those games. ... Tied career-high with three walks May 11 vs. Toronto...tied it again two days later May 13 vs.
Toronto...also had three walks May 30 vs. Oakland and July 7 at Texas. ... Had 19th career game with four-plus hits May 20 at Milwaukee, his first since August 18, 2010 vs. Chicago-AL. ... Recorded 1,164th and 1,165th career hits June 17 vs. Milwaukee, tying and passing Cesar Tovar (1,164), moving into ninth place on the
Twins all-time hit list. ... Hit 232nd career double June 24 at Cincinnati, tying Harmon Killebrew for ninth on the Twins all-time list...passed Killebrew and moved into
sole possession of ninth with his 233rd career double June 29 vs. Kansas City. ... Batted .397 (29-for-73) with nine multi-hit games and .438 on-base percentage in 20 June games; .397 average was third highest in baseball. ... Had season-high 12-game hitting streak June 17-July 3, batting .449 (22-for-49) in that span. ... Selected as reserve on American League All-Star team, marking his fifth selection...finished second in voting among AL catchers (2,922,422)
behind the Rangers Mike Napoli (4,317,718)...played 2.0 innings at first base and went 1-for-1 with a single. ... Led American League in on-base percentage (.416) at All-Star break and ranked sixth in batting average (.326). ... Recorded 1,197th and 1,198th career hits July 17 vs. Baltimore, tying and passing Chuck Knoblauch (1,197), moving into sole possession
of eighth place on Twins all-time list...that game also marked his 1,000th major league game. ... Drew 513th career walk July 20 at Kansas City, tying Chuck Knoblauch for sixth on Twins all-time list...passed Knoblauch with 514th career
walk July 22 at Kansas City, moving into sole possession of sixth place. ... Hit go-ahead three-run homer with two outs in bottom of ninth inning August 4 at Boston off Alfredo Aceves, giving Twins the eventual
6-4 victory. ... Hit 239th career double August 6 at Cleveland, tying him with Michael Cuddyer for eighth on Twins all-time doubles list...passed Cuddyer
and moved into sole possession of eighth place with his 240th double August 10 vs. Tampa Bay. ... Recorded 1,218th career hit August 10 vs. Tampa Bay, tying him with Torii Hunter for seventh on Twins all-time hits list...passed Hunter and
moved into sole possession of seventh place with 1,219th hit August 12 vs. Tampa Bay. ... Caught 831st career game August 24 at Texas, tying him with Earl Battey for most games caught in Twins history...passed Battey with his
832nd game and moved into sole possession of first place August 27 vs. Seattle. ... Recorded his 549th career walk September 28 vs. Detroit, tying him with Roy Smalley for fifth place on the Twins all time walks list...passed
Smalley and moved sole possession of fifth place with his 550th September 29 vs. Detroit. ... Batted .388 (31-for-80) in 22 September games, ranking first in AL and third in baseball; .485 on-base percentage ranked first in AL and
second in baseball...hit .474 (9-for-19) with runners in scoring position in that time, second best in AL and third best in baseball. ... Tied single season career-high drawing 84th walk September 28 vs. Detroit; set single season career-high drawing 85th walk September
29 vs. Detroit.
Tied single-season career-high playing in 146th game October 2 at Toronto; set single-season career high playing in 147th game October
3 at Toronto...played 74 games at catcher (72 starts), 30 games at first base and 42 as designated hitter. ... Finished first in baseball with .416 on-base percentage and tied for third in AL in times on base (266); reached base four-plus times in 11 games. ... Ranked first in baseball in three-hit games (23) and fourth among American Leaguers in batting average (.319) and walks (90). ... Ranked third in AL and fifth in baseball in batting average with runners in scoring position (.372). ... Was only player in baseball with 30-plus doubles, 80-plus RBI, 80-plus runs, 90-plus walks, .300-plus batting average and .400-plus
on-base percentage. ... Was one of two players in baseball with 90-plus walks (90) and less than 90 strikeouts (88), the other being Joey Votto (94 walks, 85 strikeouts). ... Rated best strike zone judgement and second best defensive catcher in American League by Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey. ... Finalist (Twins representative) for the Hank Aaron Award, recognizing the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. ... Named to 2013 USA roster for World Baseball Classic.
Was the Twins Opening Day catcher for the seventh time in his career, marking the most ever by a Twins catcher, passing Butch Wynegar who started six (1976-'80, '82)...Played in nine games before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with bilateral leg weakness, April 14...Played seven games on rehab assignment with Single-A Ft. Myers, batting .261 (6-for-23)...Transferred to the 60-day disabled list, June 3...reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, June 17...Batted just .217 (13-for-60) in his first 18 games off the disabled list, June 17-July 6, but batted .317 (64-for-202) in his final 55 games, July 7 through the end of the season...Played his first career game at first base, going 3-for-5 with two rbi, July 7 vs. Chicago (AL)...Played 18 games at first base, batting .424 (28-for-66) and fielding .994 (1 error in 170 total chances) at that position...Tied his career-high with three walks, July 15 vs. Kansas City and September 14 at Kansas
City, his final game of the season...Recorded his 448th career walk, tying him with Tony Oliva for eighth on the Twins' All-Time list, July 23 vs. Detroit...passed Oliva and moved into sole possession of eighth place with his 449th career walk, July 27 at Texas...Hit first home run, July 27 at Texas...his first since September 15, 2010, a span of 203 plate appearances...Recorded his 450th career walk, tying him with Kirby Puckett for seventh place on the Twins' All-Time list, July 28 at Texas...passed Puckett and moved into sole possession of seventh place with his 451st career walk, July 29 at Oakland...Recorded his 210th career double, tying Chuck Knoblauch for 10th on the Twins' All-Time list, August 8 vs. Boston...moved into sole possession of 10th on the list with his 211th career double, August 10 vs. Boston...Made his first Major League start in right field, August 18 vs. New York (AL)...Caught his 759th career game, August 4 at Los Angeles (AL), tying Butch Wynegar for second on the Twins' All-Time list for most games caught...caught his 760th career game, passing Wynegar, August 5 vs. Chicago (AL), moving into sole possession of second place...Recorded his 85th career intentional walk, tying Kirby Puckett for fifth on the Twins' All-Time list, July 29 at Oakland...moved into sole possession of fifth place on the list with his 86th career intentional walk, September 7 vs. Chicago (AL)...Reached safely via hit or walk 12 times in final 25 plate appearances, September 7-14...posted a .520 on-base percentage in that span...Placed on the 15-day disabled list with pneumonia, ending his season, September 22...Named second-best defensive catcher in the American League by Baseball America, behind Baltimore's Matt Wieters.
Signed an eight-year contract extension, March 21...Twins Opening Day catcher...Hit safely in eight of his first nine games, including his first home run, April 6 at Los Angeles (AL)...Hit the first double at Target Field by a Twins player (second inning off Jon Lester), April 12
vs. Boston...Had third career five-hit game, including one double and one triple, April 24 at Kansas City...
batted .345 (29-for-84) in 22 games in April...Caught his 657th career game, tying Tim Laudner for third-place in most games caught by
a Twin, June 16 vs. Colorado...passed Laudner on June 18 at Philadelphia, catching his 658th career game...he ranks third on the club's
All-Time list (719), behind Earl Battey (831) and Butch Wynegar (759) entering 2011...Was voted as the American League's starting catcher in the 2010 All-Star Game for the third time in his career (fourth career All-Star
appearance)...he went 0-for-2 in the game, with a fly out and reaching on an error...he amassed 5,372,606 votes, marking the third-most
votes All-Time, trailing only Ken Griffey Jr. (6,079,688) in 1994 and Albert Pujols (5,397,374) in 2009...he became the first catcher to be
Major League Baseball's overall top vote-getter since Ivan Rodriguez of Texas was first in 2000...he joined Rod Carew (1975, 1977-78) as
the only other Twin to ever lead all of baseball in votes...Had fourth career five-hit game and a career-high seven-rbi, July 26 vs. Kansas City in a Twins 19-1 victory...the seven rbi were the most
by a Twins player in 2010...collected six consecutive hits, July 26-27 at Kansas City...Drove in 21 runs in a 14-game span, July 23-August 10...hit .344 (32-for-93) with 12 doubles, 19 runs, three homers and 19 rbi in 23
July games...Tied Cesar Tovar for 11th on the club's All-Time doubles list with his 193rd, July 31 vs. Seattle...passed Tovar on August 5 and moved into
sole possession of 11th place with his 194th career double, August 5 at Tampa Bay...Played in his 800th career game, August 13 vs. Oakland...Hit his first home run at Target Field (off Gavin Floyd), snapping a string of 209 consecutive plate appearances without a home run at
Target Field, August 18 vs. Chicago (AL)...Collected the Twins only hit, breaking up a no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning off Neftali Feliz, August 23 at Texas...marked the second
time in his career in which he broke up a no-hitter in the ninth (May 6, 2008 at Chicago White Sox - Gavin Floyd)...Named Pepsi's Clutch Performer for the month of August after batting .380 (35-for-92) with seven doubles, two home runs, 16 rbi and
17 runs scored in 26 games...also posted .522 slugging percentage, .482 on-base percentage and recorded a hit in 19 of his 26 games
played (eight multi-hit games)...Scored his 500th career run, September 7 vs. Kansas City...became 15th Twins player in club history with 500-plus runs...Tied Bob Allison for 12th on the club's All-Time hits list with his 999th career hit as a Twin, September 12 at Cleveland...Recorded his 1,000th career hit, a first-inning single off John Danks, September 14 at Chicago (AL)...the hit also passed Bob Allison on the
Twins' All-Time hits list, moving him into sole possession of 12th place...Hit his ninth home run of the season, leading the Twins to a 9-3 victory and an eight-game lead in the American League Central, September
15 at Chicago (AL)...Hit his 200th career double, becoming one of 11 Twins in club history with 200-plus doubles, September 16 at Chicago (AL)...Missed nine games in September with a jammed left knee, suffered while running the bases, September 19 vs. Oakland...Hit his 43rd double, placing him second on baseball's All-Time list for doubles by a catcher in one season (Ivan Rodriguez - 47 in 1996), October
3 vs. Toronto...he passed Brian Harper's 1990 total of 42, moving into first on the Twins' All-Time single-season doubles list for a catcher...Recorded five games with four-or-more hits, third-most in baseball...recorded 40 multi-hit games and 20 three-hit games...Batted .389 against AL Central opponents...batted .516 against the Royals and .451 against the White Sox...Was one of just four players in baseball with 40-plus doubles and a .320-plus batting average (Beltre, Cabrera & Hamilton)...became just
the fourth Twin to post those numbers: Molitor in 1996, Oliva in 1964 & '65 and Kirby Puckett in 1988 & '89...Awarded his third consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove...won his fourth Louisville Slugger "Silver Slugger" Award (third consecutive)...Finished eighth in the American League MVP voting with 97 points, including two third-place votes...Named to Baseball America's Major League All-Star team...also ranked by Baseball America as the American League's best defensive catcher,
second-best overall hitter (Detroit's Miguel Cabrera) and second-best strike zone judgement (Boston's Kevin Youkilis)...Was given the Dick Siebert Award for Upper Midwest Player of the Year and the Calvin R. Griffith Award for Most Valuable Twin by the Twin
Cities Chapter of Baseball Writers Association of America.
Missed all of April on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation of the right sacroiliac joint
(April 2-30)...homered in his first at-bat of the season on May 1 vs. Kansas City...had four-hit game, May 2 vs. Kansas City...hit safely in 14 straight games, batting .418 (23-for-55) with seven multi-hit games, seven home runs, 14 runs scored and 21 rbi, May 7-21...during the stretch, he homered in back-to-back games, May 8 and 9 vs. Seattle and again on May 15 and 16 at New York (AL), and hit his second career grand slam with a career-high six rbi, May 21 at Chicago (AL)...collected 13 rbi in a five-game span from May 21-25...homered in three straight games from May 23-25...earned American League Player of the Week honors from May 18-24...finished May with 11 home runs and 32 rbi, the first time in Twins history a player has reached 11 home runs and 30 rbi in the same month...the only other player in franchise history to accomplish the feat was Harmon Killebrew who hit 13 home runs and drove in 37 rbi in August of 1960 with the Washington Senators...his 32 rbi set a Twins record for the month of May...earned American League Player of the Month for May honors after batting .414 (41-for-99) with seven doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 19 walks, 32 rbi, 27 runs scored, an on-base percentage of .500 and a slugging percentage of .838...finished June batting .353 (36-for-102) with three home runs, 11 rbi and 16 runs scored with 10 multi-hit games...hit career-high 14th home run, June 20 vs. Houston...finished the first-half batting .373 (90-for-241) with 15 home runs, 49 rbi, 49 runs scored in just 64 games...his .373 first-half
average was sixth-highest in Twins history Pre-All-Star break...selected to his third All-Star game and voted-in by the fans as the starting catcher for the second straight season...went 1-for-3 in the All-Star game with a run scored and a game-tying rbi-double in the fifth inning...in August, led the A.L. in batting average (.391) and intentional walks (four), ranked second in hits (45), third in on-base percentage (.449), tied for fourth in runs (21), tied for fifth in home runs (eight), fifth in slugging percentage (.652) and sixth in rbi (23)...third four-hit game of season, August 7 at Detroit...hit seven home runs in an 11-game span, with 17 rbi and a .553 batting average, August 7-18...hit safely in 24 of 28 games in August...hit safely in 110 of 138 games overall (80%)...won his third American League batting title with a .365 average, becoming one of just 10 players in Major League history to win three-or-more batting titles and the first to win back-to-back batting titles since Nomar Garciaparra in 1999 and 2000...finished ninth in the American League in multi-hit games (55) and first in three-hit games (23)...with his .365 batting average, .444 on-base percentage and .587 slugging percentage, he became the American League leader in all three categories...only 12 players have ever led the American League in all three, with the last being George Brett in 1980...of the 12 AL players to do it, 10 are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Ted Williams - five times, Ty Cobb - three, Napolean Lajoie - two, George Stone, Tris Speaker, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn and George Brett)...no catcher in either league has ever led in all three categories at the end of a season...named Baseball America's Player of the Year and MLB Players Choice Award's American League Most Outstanding Player...was given the Calvin R. Griffith Award for Most Valuable Twin and the Dick Siebert Award for Upper Midwest Player of the Year, by the Twin Cities Baseball Writers Association...was given the Players Choice Award for American League's Most Outstanding Player, voted on by his peers...was given his second Rawlings Gold Glove Award...won Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award...was named the American League's Most Valuable Player, becoming the fifth player in club history to win the award (Versalles - 1965, Killebrew - 1969, Carew - 1977, Morneau - 2006)...first catcher to win A.L. MVP since Texas' Ivan Rodriguez in 1999.
Had 11-game hit-streak, going 16-for-43 (.372), April 15-29...hit first home run of season, June 2 vs. New York (AL)...hit second home run, June 4 vs. Baltimore...was 11-for-20 (.550) in six games, May 2-9...hit safely in nine of 10 games, May 11-21...was 10-for-21 (.476) with two home runs in six games, May 31-June 6...fourth three-hit game on June 6 at Chicago (AL)...three straight two-hit games June 17-19...eight-game hit-streak from June 29-July 9, hitting .397 (11-for-29)...finished the first-half third in the AL in batting (.322), behind Ian Kinsler (.337) and Justin Morneau (.323)...became the first Twins catcher to start an All-Star Game, July 15 at New York (AL), going 1-for-1 with a walk...career-high 16 game hitting-streak from August 4-24, hitting .349 (22-for-63) with one home run, 10 rbi and 13 runs scored...second career five-hit game tying his career-high on August 29 at Oakland, season-high four rbi...had a 12-game hitting streak, going 18-for-47 (.383), September 10-23...11th three-hit game of the season, September 25 vs. Chicago (AL)...recorded 11 multi-hit games in September...his .362 batting average with runners in scoring position ranked seventh in the American League...recorded his fourth triple of the season, matching his career-high...was one of just four catchers to log 1,200-or-more innings behind the plate and ranked second in the league by throwing out 36% of potential basestealers...finished the season four points ahead of Dustin Pedroia (Boston) to win his second batting title in three years (2006)...it was the 13th American League batting title by a Minnesota Twin in the 48 year existence of the team, and he joined Tony Oliva and Rod Carew as the only Twins who won multiple titles...joined Buddy Myer (Washington, 1935) and Joe Cronin (Washington, 1931) as the only players in franchise history to hit over .300, score over 95 runs, record 30-or-more doubles, drive in 80-or-more runs and walk 80-or-more times in a single season...was given the Dick Seibert Award for Upper Midwest Player of the Year and the Carl R. Pohlad Community Service Award by the Twin Cities Baseball Writers Association...won first ever Rawlings Gold Gold Glove Award becoming the second Twins catcher to win the award (Earl Battey in 1961 & '62)...first American League player to win the Batting Title and Gold Glove in the same season since Ichiro Suzuki in 2004...won Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award.
Hit safely in eight of nine games, going 12-for-33 (.364), April 2-12...was 15-for-32 (.469) in nine games, April 14-24...tied career-high with three doubles, April 17 at Seattle...disabled with strained left quadriceps, May 6-June 8...began rehab assignment at Single-A Ft. Myers, June 6...hit safely in eight consecutive games, going 11-for-35 (.314), June 19-27...second career two-homer game, June 24 at Florida...hit first career grand slam, June 29 at Detroit...was 9-for-23 (.391) in five games, July 4-8...went 4-for-6 and tied career-high with five rbi, July 6 at Chicago (AL)...recorded Twins first inside-the-park home run since Torii Hunter (July 26, 2001), July 21 vs. Los Angeles (AL)...season-high 10-game hit-streak, going 15-for-40 (.375), July 14-24...had game-winning walk-off single in 9th inning, July 15 vs. Oakland...was 9-for-17 (.529) in four games, August 11-14...threw out 19 of 40 (48%) runners attempting to steal to up career totals to 58 of 127 (46%).
Was 9-for-23 (.391) in six games, April 5-12...hit safely in six consecutive games, going
10-for-22 (.455), April 21-29...had seven-game hit-streak, going 10-for-29 (.345), May 9-17...
career-high 11-game hit-streak, going 24-for-47 (.511), May 19-June 1...ﬁfth career four-hit
game, May 20 at Milwaukee...hit safely in nine consecutive games, going 19-for-37 (.514), June
3-13...named American League Player of the Week, June 5-11...sixth career four-hit game, June 6
at Seattle...seventh career four-hit game (third of season) and career-high ﬁve rbi, June 26 vs. Los
Angeles (NL)...ﬁrst career ﬁve-hit game, June 27 vs. Los Angeles (NL)...named American League
Player of the Month for July...selected to ﬁrst career All-Star team, July 11 at Pittsburgh...was 11-for-23 (.478) in six games, July 16-21...had nine-game hit-streak, going 13-for-34 (.382) with two homers and eight rbi, July 31-August 9...
went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four rbi August 24 at Baltimore...recorded his 15th game with three-or-more hits on September 8 vs. Detroit,
he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored...homered with two-out in the 9th inning to tie Kansas City at 1-1, September 28, the Twins won 2-1 in
10 innings...threw out 17 of 56 (30%) runners attempting to steal to up career totals to 39 of 87 (45%)...was intentionally walked 21 times, the
second highest single season total by a Twin (Killebrew, 23 in 1970)...ﬁnished the season hitting .347 and won the American League batting
title...became the ﬁrst A.L. catcher to win the batting title and at 23, the youngest batting champ since Alex Rodriguez (21) in 1996...the last
catcher to win the title was Ernie Lombardi in 1942 with the Boston Braves...won Dick Siebert Award as Upper Midwest Player of the Year...won Louisville Slugger "Silver Slugger" Award.
Hit safely in 8 of 9 games, going 11-36 (.306), April 4-16 . . . hit safely in 5 consecutive games with an at-bat, going 7-18 (.389), April 18-25 . . . had 6-game hit-streak, going 13-25 (.520), April 29-May 8 . . . second career 4-hit game, May 6 at Tampa Bay . . . homered in consecutive games, May 6-8 . . . had 9-game hit-streak, going 10-37 (.270), May 11-24 . . . hit safely in 6 of 7 games, going 10-28 (.357), June 8-16 . . . was 19-46 (.413) in 11 games, July 2-19 . . . third career 4-hit game, August 10 at Seattle . . . had 8-game hit-streak, going 13-31 (.419), August 13-21 . . . was 9-21 (.429) in 5 games, August 27-31 . . . fourth career 4-hit game, September 12 at Detroit . . . tied career-high 9-game hit-streak, going 14-34 (.412), September 9-20 . . . threw out 17 of 48 (22%) runners attempting to steal to up career totals to 22 of 64 (34%) . . . had .993 (6 E, 742 TC) fielding percentage . . . led club in batting and walks, tied for lead in intentional walks, was second in hits and multi-hit games (41), tied for second in stolen bases and was third in doubles . . . was tied for fourth in league in intentional walks (12) and sixth in batting vs. righthanders (.323).
Made major leage debut and singled off Rafael Betancourt for first big
league hit, April 5 vs. Cleveland . . . disabled with medial meniscus tear in left
knee, April 7-June 2 . . . had surgery to remove meniscus in left knee, April 8
. . . began rehab assignments at Ft. Myers and Rochester, May 26 . . . hit first
major league homer off Esteban Yan, June 6 vs. Detroit . . . was 8-17 (.471) in
6 games, June 9-15 . . . career-high 6-game hit-streak, going 12-22 (.545), June
29-July 5 . . . first career 2-homer game, June 30 vs. Chicago . . . first career 4-
hit game, July 7 vs. Kansas City . . . disabled for remainder of season with sore
left knee, July 19 . . . won Bill Boni Award as Twins' Outstanding Rookie.
Began season at Ft. Myers ... was 12-26 (.462) in 7 games, April 18-24 ... hit safely in 9 of 11 games, going 18-
46 (.391), May 3-14 ... tied season-high 4 hits, May 14 at St. Lucie ... season-high 19-game hit-streak, going 30-73 (.411), May 18-June 6 ... Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, May 24-30 ... played in Florida State League All-Star Game, June 14 at Ft. Myers ... batted .392 (31-79) with runners in scoring position ... was 4-10 (.400) with the bases loaded ... promoted to New Britain, June 16 ... had 11-game hit-streak, going 16-40 (.400), June 22-July 5 ... was 33-77 (.429) in 17 games, July 8-27 ... played for United States Team in Futures Game, July 13 at Chicago ... Twins' Minor League Player of the Month for July ... named Topps' Eastern League Player of the Month for July ... hit safely in 8 of 9 games, going 13-33 (.394), August 1-9 ... tied season-high 5 rbi, August 3 at Bowie ... had 9-game hit-streak, going 14-30 (.467), August 16-22 ... was 3-8 (.375) with the bases loaded ... threw out 36 of 69 (52%) runners attempting to steal on season ... led both Florida State League and Eastern League in throwing out runners attempting to steal ... led Twins' minor leaguers in hits, was second in rbi and fourth in walks ... was fifth among all minor leaguers in hits and was 11th in batting (.338) ... led all minor league catchers in batting ... selected to Florida State League Post-Season All-Star Team ... ranked Best Hitting prospect and Best Defensive Catcher in Florida State League by Baseball America ... named to Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Team and All-Defensive Team ... ranked Best Prospect in Eastern League and Florida State League... named Teenager of the Year by Sportsticker ... named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America and Sportsticker ... won Sherry Robertson Award as Twins' Minor League Player of the Year ... played for Team USA in Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Panama.
Hit safely in 9 of 10 games, 14-37 (.378), April 13-24 ... homered in consecutive games, April 14-15 ... was 12-
26 (.462) in 6 games, April 30-May 5 ... season-high 9-game hit-streak, going 12-28 (.429), May 10-19 ... season-high
4 rbi, May 19 vs. Burlington ... was 13-21 (.619) in 6 games, June 5-10 ... hit safely in 11 of 12 games, June 15-July
3 ... was selected to Midwest League All-Star team, June 18 at Lansing ... hit safely in 9 of 10 games, going 15-37 (.405), July 11-23 ... tied season-high 3 hits, August 24 at Clinton ... disabled for remainder of season after surgery to repair hernia, August 30 ... had surgery to repair hernia, August 30 ... led club in walks, was second in batting, hits and rbi, tied for second in doubles and fourth in at-bats and runs ... threw out 45 of 108 (42%) runners attempting to steal ... named to Sportsticker's Midwest League All-Teen Team and league Post-Season All-Star team ... named to Topps' Class A All-Star team ... rated top Minor League catching prospect, second best arm strength, third best receiving skills and best defensive catcher in Midwest League and selected to Low Class A All-Star team by Baseball America.
Hit safely in 7 of 8 games, going 13-29 (.448), July 23-August 4 ... was 11-13 (.846) in 3 games, August 22-23
... tied season-high 4 hits, August 23 at Martinsville ... Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, going 14-29 (.483), August 26-September 1 ... Twins' Minor League Player of the Month for August, going 44-107 (.411) ... hit safely in 22 of 32 games ... threw out 10 of 31 (32%) runners attempting to steal on season ... rated top prospect in Appalachian League and top Minor League catching prospect by Baseball America.
PROFESSIONAL: Signed by scout Mark Wilson.