Who the Hell is Trevor Plouffe?

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Updated: July 2, 2012

Over the course of the first half, the Minnesotta Twins have managed to maintain their success  total ineptitude from the 2011 season.  The same storylines that dominated the Twins last year have resurfaced in 2012, but at least they weren’t supposed to be any good this season anyway.  Joe Mauer isn’t the MVP he once was and has proven quite fragile behind the plate (which speaks volumes to what Brian McCann and Yadier Molina have done over the past 5-7 years).  Francisco Liriano appears poised to take home his third or fourth consecutive Kwame Brown Award for the player who does the least with the most amount of talent.  Justin Morneau is still battling concussion issues, and manager Ron Gardenhire still has a goateee.  Yawn.  Just another boring day year in the Twin Cities.  But over the last 30 days, Target Field has played stage for the emergence of one unlikley star: Trevor Plouffe

Plouffe (pronounced Ploooooooooooooooof) has been awesome over the last 30 days. Since the beginning of June, he’s hit .333 with 13 home runs and posted a 1.179 OPS.  The 13 bombs are good for second in that span to Jose Bautista, and his OPS is good for 3rd behind Robinson Cano and Joey Votto.  So who the hell is this Trevor Plouffe and where did he come from?

Some quick facts on Plouffe (I only made one of these up):

  • Born in West Hills, California
  • West Hills is 79% White/Caucasian
  • Twins 1st round pick in 2004
  • Claims to be a Psychic
  • Hit .258 in his career in the minors
  • Hit .313 in AAA in 2011
  • Was born on June 15, 1986 (The same day as former Major Leaguer Sean West and about a month before Pablo Sandoval)

That’s who the hell he is–or was–but who the hell will he become?  I’m not exactly sure, but Mike Aviles sure seems like a good comparison.  Offensively, Plouffe appears to be in the Late Bloomer mold of guys who don’t get going until they’re a bit older (think a Kevin Millar type hitter).  He’s 26, and despite June’s gaudy numbers, his minor league stats indicate that the long term Major League ceiling is probably that of a quality utility man.  Scouts have always liked his defense at shortstop, and the versatility is there.  He’s already started games at Shortstop, Second Base, First Base, Third Base, Left Field, and Right Field.

Regardless of eventual (proabably unavoidable) regression to the mean, right now Trevor Plouffe is hitting like Joey Votto, Jose Bautista, and Robinson Cano, and no one can take that away from him.  I hope he keeps it up.  Ploooooooooffffff is fun to say.


Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 24 MIN AL 22 44 41 7 6 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 14 .146 .143 .317 .460 22
2011 25 MIN AL 81 320 286 47 68 18 1 8 31 3 3 25 71 .238 .305 .392 .697 92
2012 26 MIN AL 61 235 209 37 52 10 0 19 35 0 2 24 50 .249 .328 .569 .897 142
3 Yrs 164 599 536 91 126 29 1 29 72 3 5 49 135 .235 .303 .455 .758 106
162 Game Avg. 162 592 529 90 124 29 1 29 71 3 5 48 133 .235 .303 .455 .758 106
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2012.

 

Stat of the day:  ”Stat” in Latin means immediately.  Also, it was free waffle cone Monday at FroYoz.

-Sean Morash

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