Trevor Plouffe's low number of RBI's from his 18 homeruns brings to mind a similar performance from another young right-handed Twins batter who wore #24 - Tom Brunansky. In 1982, Brunansky hit 20 homeruns while only driving in 46 - which at the time I thought was an interesting stat. Brunansky batted third most of that year behind #9 hitter Lenny Faedo, leadoff hitter Bobby Mitchell and #2 hitter Ron Washington, none of whom got on base with great frequency. Bruno also was followed by Hrbek, Gaetti, and Ward in the batting order who cleaned up their opportunties nicely, all driving in 80-90 runs.
(While Brunansky's is the season that immediately springs to mind for high HR-low RBI numbers, Kevin Maas had an even more disproportionate HR-RBI season (1990) for the Yankees when he hit 21 and only drove in 41.)
My question: Is there a better way for the Twins to capitalize on Plouffe's home runs? Would dropping him to 7th or 8th in the order instead of the 5th or 6th he's been hitting as of late give him more RBI opportunities? Or, is the low RBI to HR ratio just an anomaly based on a not-so-large and somewhat-flukey data set?