Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:02 AM
Does anyone see Trevor Plouffe playing well enough to be someone we could sell high on in July or move to a corner OF spot? He is in a situation we haven't seen in quite a while, probably since AJ had Mauer on his heels. AJ had a nice career(much better than plouffe) with the Twins and was able to fetch a handsome reward as we all remember. Could Poof! put up big enough numbers in the first half while he plays for a job that he has no chance of keeping?
In a way, it's almost like a contract year for Plouffe. If he stinks, he will lose 3B job, be relegated to a bench role for remainder of season, likely be non-tendered and then potentially be searching for a team willing to take him on as a bench player/platoon partner.
2014 might be the most important season of Plouffe's career, what say you? Have we seen the best of Plouffe?
Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:24 AM
I think he could be a very important part of the Twins even after Sano arrives... But... It's up to Trevor.
He either gets engaged with every pitch of every game defensively and offensively or Sano runs him over and sends his career into a tailspin.
2014 is huge for Trevor. I think the Twins will give him every chance to build up his trade value... Meaning every day job for display purposes.
Myself... I'd up the heat on him... I'd be searching for a 3B who can pressure him to start the season. Making sure that Plouffe understands that he doesn't have an every day job by default.
Someone like Bonofacio in a trade or Chris Nelson since he's available. Someone who can play another position when Sano arrives.
Plouffe can have an every day job if he earns it. No more of this default stuff.
He has 30 HR potential... I don't want to throw him away. I'm sure he puts effort in the cage... In the film room... I'm sure he listens to Gardy, Bruno and the coaches... So I'm sure he is working hard off the field... I'm sure he will tell anyone that he really really wants to win.
But... He's not working hard ON the field.
In my Opinion of course.
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:45 PM
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:57 PM
However I have little sense Plouffe will figure it out. He isn't good at anything except for about a 2 week period in 2012, when he was on fire, his power numbers aren't even very good.
If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:16 PM
Look, the guy is improving. Is it as fast as we would like? Obviously not. He's very streaky and thrives on confidence. I think all he needs is someone to click with and have some fun playing ball with. When the team starts tanking at the end of the year, he does too. Personally, I'd rather have him get a 1st baseman's glove and turn into Cuddyer. Hopefully he bats well enough to start every day, but he can always spell Mauer, Sano, or an outfielder. Maybe even grab an outfield spot if he hits well. Just don't give up on the guy. Wait for him to stop improving first.
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:59 PM
I won't shed tears if Plouffe is benched, traded, or becomes an extra player. However, I can't see adding an Eric Chavez. Having two guys playing one position is tough to do in the era of 12-man pitching staffs. A pure platoon means the younger player, who the Twins can control for three more years would start between and quarter and a third of the time. I want Sano to be the Twins 3B sometime in 2014. I want Plouffe to build enough value to net something good in a trade or to merit being reassigned as a poor-fielding corner OF or DH. Chavez was a good player with an extensive injury history. He turns 36 in less than a week. I doubt his health over the course of a year. In a different situation, Chavez could be a nice pickup, but not with Sano just around the corner.
So when Sano arrives he will start 162 games a year, he wont struggle ?
Having a veteran presence would only help the kid, someone he could talk to , yes thats what we have coaches for , and with adding Paul it should help,but last year it took our infield coach 140 games to figure out Trevor was playing to deep on most pitches
Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:29 AM