The Minnesota Twins will be interested to see which version of Trevor Plouffe they get in 2013. Plouffe who has spent parts of the last five seasons in AAA hopes to stick with the club in 2013 but that will all depend on which Plouffe the Twins get in 2013.
Throughout his minor league career, Plouffe was touted as a sure handed shortstop whose batting average seemed to hover around the .260 mark–not great, but serviceable for a middle infielder. In 2011, when Tsuyoshi Nishioka went down with a broken leg early in the year, the shortstop job became Plouffe’s to lose. And lose it he did, committing 11 errors in 45 games at short.
In 2012, Plouffe bounced around the Twins’ field playing every defensive position save catcher and centerfield. And while he showed off his versatility, he didn’t really seem to have a natural position. By this point, the Twins wrote him off as a shortstop–only one of 119 games came at short.
But something odd happened; Plouffe showed his worth in other areas. His average plummeted to .235–the worst in his minor and major league career. But he compensated by hitting for more power than he ever has. He hist 25 home runs in 2012–11 in June alone and seized third base from a slumping Danny Valencia. Despite his 25 home runs, Plouffe only managed to knock in 55 runs. 25% of his hits were bombs and he had more homers than doubles and triples combined. Truly an odd year for the 26 year-old.
So it will be very interesting to see what sort of player Trevor Plouffe becomes. It’s reasonable to guess he will break camp as the everyday third baseman. He’s played 222 MLB games and should enter the year with plenty of time to prove himself. Time will tell if he is a legitimate offensive threat, a streaky power hitter or not consistent enough to hold down a corner infield spot.