Twins Birthdays--June 15
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Zach Day (1978)
Jeremy Reed (1981)
Trevor Plouffe (1986)
Right-hander Stephen Zachary Day did not pitch for the Twins, but he was in their farm system for about a month in 2008. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round in 1996. He advanced slowly, not getting out of A ball until 2000. When he did, he was no longer in the Yankees’ system; he was traded to Cleveland in late June of 2000. He reached AAA for the Indians in 2001, but after one game there he was traded to Montreal at the July deadline. He made his major league debut with the Expos in 2002, spending about two and a half months with the team that year. He was mostly used as a relief pitcher in 2002, but was in the starting rotation in 2003-2004. He was decent in those years, not great but not terrible. He moved to Washington with the team in 2005, but was traded to Colorado in July. He spent time in the minors that year as well, and also split 2006 between AAA and the majors. He was waived in late April of 2006 and went back to Washington. He made five mediocre starts with the Nationals, then had rotator cuff surgery and never made it back to the majors. He kept trying for a while, though. He signed with Kansas City for 2007, was in AAA that season, then signed with Minnesota for 2008. The Twins sent him to Ft. Myers due to his continuing shoulder problems. The hope was that the shoulder would improve, but it was not to be. He made six relief appearances for Ft. Myers and went 1-0, 5.62, 1.88 WHIP in eight innings. The Twins released him in early May. His continuing health problems led him to not try to play for another team, and his playing career came to an end. At last report, Zach Day had moved back to his home town of Cincinnati. He is the owner of Naked Dingo, a company which provides home delivery of wholesome pet foods, as well as Zigoo Pets, a company which makes pet toys. He is also the pitching coordinator for TrackMan A/S, which consults with software development experts to translate principles of peak athletic performance into teaching applications.
Outfielder Jeremy Thomas Reed did not play for the Twins, but was in their minor league system in 2011. He was born in San Dimas, California, went to high school in LaVerne, California, then attended Cal State—Long Beach. He was drafted by the White Sox in the second round in 2002. He hit very well in his first couple of years in the minors, reaching AAA in 2004. In late June of that season he was traded to Seattle and made his major league debut for the Mariners that September. He was their starting center fielder in 2005, but hit only .254 with no power. It was his only year as a major league regular. He was a reserve for Seattle in 2006, then spent most of 2007 in AAA, coming back to the majors only as a September call-up. He started 2008 in the minors again but came back to Seattle in late May and stayed the rest of the season. He was traded to the Mets for the 2009 season. He was in the majors all year, playing in 126 games but getting only 161 at-bats. Fifty-three of those games were as a pinch-hitter. Given his use, he didn’t do badly, batting .242, but it was his last full season in the majors. A free agent after the season, he signed with Toronto for 2010, played seldom, and was released in early July. The White Sox picked him up and sent him to AAA for the rest of the season. He signed with Milwaukee for 2011, went 0-for-7 as a pinch hitter, was sent to the minors, then was traded to Minnesota in early June for future considerations. He played in four games for Rochester, went 0-for-15, and then got hurt and did not return. He was a free agent after the season, but did not play in 2012. He signed with Arizona for 2013, but does not appear to have played this season. He’s only thirty-two, so you never know, but one has to think that Jeremy Reed’s playing career has probably come to an end.
Infielder Trevor Patrick Plouffe has played for the Twins in 2010 and 2011. He was born in West Hills, California and was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2004 amateur draft. He progressed at a pace of roughly a level per season. His minor league numbers are not bad but not terribly impressive, either. His highest batting average is .274 and his highest OPS is .736 (both at New Britain, 2007); his lowest batting average is .223 and his lowest OPS is .645 (both at Beloit, 2006). He had four brief stints with Minnesota in 2010, getting a few days in May, a week in June, about a week in August, and coming back for a September call-up. He was with the Twins for about a month in 2011, spending most of the season in Rochester. He started to develop some power in 2009, hitting 13 homers in Rochester that season and 15 there in 2010. He split 2011 between Rochester and Minnesota, hitting 15 more homers in Rochester in just 220 at-bats and eight more in Minnesota in 286 at-bats. He was the regular third baseman for Minnesota in 2012 and hit 24 home runs, allowing him to make a positive contribution despite hitting .235 with a .301 OBP. In 2013 he was off to a decent start, though no more than that, when he was injured. He should be returning to the Twins shortly, possibly by the time this is published. So far, Trevor Plouffe has hit .234/.301/.424 in 883 major league at-bats. He’s 28 today, so he’s not likely to get a lot better, but he doesn’t seem likely to get a lot worse in the near future, either. As could be said of many players, he will remain in his role until the Twins find somebody better.