Trevor Plouffe come on down!

Bob Barker and I would both to see Trevor Plouffe come on down and get another shot at the show.

Trevor Plouffe is batting over .300 this season down in Rochester.  He’s got 15 homers for the Red Wings and another 3 for the Twins giving him an organizational high this year with 18.  He’s playing a solid 1B right now, and we know he can play 2nd, 3rd, SS and the corner outfield spots.

I think we’ll all agree that Plouffe is a much better Matt Tolbert.  Any objections?

Plouffe is dominating AAA pitching (.314 BA) staffs and needs to come back up to the bigs.  Do we have a spot for him in the starting line-up?  Maybe not if Joe Mauer continues to get spot starts at first and dominates the way he did tonight against the White Sox.  While Plouffe is getting plenty of ABs and playing time down in Rochester with the AAA club, the Twins could use him off the bench.  In tonight’s game the Twins had to bring in Repko off the bench to get a RH bat into the game, a perfect spot for Plouffe.  Plouffe also brings a better bat than Luke Hughes and I think if Plouffe can get a few more reps at 1B that his glove will also be superior.

Dear Twins, please, please, please find a way to get Plouffe back up to the bigs. He’s ready.  He clearly has nothing left to learn in Rochester.

In other news the Twins beat the White Sox again, 6-2, behind a strong pitching performance from Carl Pavano and a 1-2-3 ninth by Matt Capps.  That’s 5-0 this season, 8 in a row and 29 of the last 36 against the Chicago White Sox.  The Twins have their number.  The “sardines”  are making mince meat out of the ChiSox.

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  • Nate Gilmore

    I’d like to see Plouffe get another shot, too. I don’t think he’ll ever be the starting shortstop, but he could be a valuable contributor in the lineupp 2/3 of the time at various positions.

    I think the Twins are just keeping him in the minors right now so he can fine-tune his fielding at first base and in the outfield. Once he is a bit more confident at those positions, I think he’ll get called up again. My guess is we’ll see him shortly after the AS break.

  • Adam Krueger

    I have to respectfully disagree with my colleagues here re: Plouffe. Sure Trevor is having himself a nice stretch, but his body of work overall in the Minors suggests that he will not be able to sustain his current success and his stints in the Majors give me even less to be excited about. I think with Nishioka and Casilla playing everyday SS/2B, the Twins don’t need to bring Plouffe up and shouldn’t be fooled by the mirage of his current streak.

  • Paul Pleiss

    Adam,
    Interesting POV, you’re the first fan I’ve talked to that isn’t in love with what Plouffe is doing down in Rochester right now. I had a discussion with my brother Eric the other day, started talking about what Liriano’s value would be out of the pen. Mid-late inning guy with that nasty slider. Interesting.