Trevor Plouffe of the Minnesota Twins will be entering his fifth major league season in 2014, and it is time for the 27-year-old third baseman to step up.
While it’s true that four years on the big stage is not typically enough to make a player into a seasoned veteran, Plouffe could be hugely beneficial to the Twins if he figured out how to speed up the process.
Plouffe’s problem lies not in his talent, but in his consistency. Plouffe embodies the dynamic of hot versus cold.
In 2012, Plouffe hit a mid-season hot streak that had Twins fans believing he was on the fast track to being one of the MLB‘s best. Between mid-May and mid-June, Plouffe hit 13 home runs and 21 RBIs. However, the success didn’t last, as Plouffe plummeted his monthly average from .302 to .161 in a matter of weeks.
The 2013 season proved no different. Plouffe began 2013 hitting in the mid to high .200s, before spiking his average to .321 in June. As July rolled in, Plouffe again dropped his monthly average to .189 and fumbled through August below .200.
Plouffe’s ability to knock in runs could greatly help the Twins in 2014, if he is able to harness some form of consistency. The Twins are currently lacking major power since losing Justin Morneau, and Plouffe has shown that he can put the ball out of the park. The absence of Joe Mauer has also given opportunity for players like Plouffe to step up and assume more responsibility; unfortunately, they haven’t.
With the Twins calling up minor league guys left and right, Plouffe has generally remained a constant on the roster this season. Plouffe’s experience in Minnesota will give him a leg up on younger players and on any new free agents that the Twins may obtain in the offseason. If Plouffe can find a way to be more dependable, we can look to see him become a major contributor to the Twins’ success in coming seasons.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline