I would guess I'm one of what you would call a "saber dude," although I wouldn't go that far. I can tell you that what I was thinking just before that was more in the form of hope, as it usually is. Hope that he'd get a good pitch to hit and he'd hit it on the screws. Being it was the Hammer, I hoped for something in the gap or over a fence. Before he'd finished his follow through I had uttered out loud (and scared my dogs) "*Expletive deleted* yes!" Point being, the impression that there isn't overlap between analytical thought, careful observation, and emotional investment isn't accurate in all cases. And a good "saber dude" knows that in any given at bat in any given situation, even 2 on and 2 out in the 9th in May at Target Field against a left-hander, that almost anything can happen. The numbers have little to do with any single event. It's baseball. It's amazing. That's why most of us watch. (I have thoughts on why the rest watch, but I'll keep them to myself...haha.)
In the end... Baseball is about opportunity. I can't give you any names but I'm convinced that there are quite a few baseball players who could have been superstars or at least everyday starters in MLB who never got the chance because someone was blocking them or a decision maker marginalized his skills by focusing on one negative trait while ignoring something positive. Who knows... Maybe Lars Anderson is destined for MLB greatness but will never get the chance because Adrian Gonzalez is blocking him. Ryan Vogelsong on Jose Bautista got an opportunity and they made the most of it when that opportunity arose. How many players never got a chance. I don't know the answer but I'm sure that there are quite a few.
Trevor Plouffe is at such a crossroads right now and his opportunity is right now. He's at the right place at the right time and he is blowing it because he can't produce consistently.
The Twins don't want to let him go because he has potential to be a flexible guy with Pop. They don't want to play him either because he is taking the O-Fer to new levels. Trevor could be pressing trying to prove something in every at bat... I don't know but he has to get disciplined and he has to do it right now... Because his opportunity is right now and there are many players who just didn't get the chance that Plouffe is getting right now.
He will sit back and look at this year as the year that cost him a career if he doesn't get it together.