2015 Twins: Who Paces The Lineup?

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Aug 11, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) drives in a run with a fielders choice during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

4. Trevor Plouffe (2014 total: 134)

In 2014, Plouffe had a very solid all-around season. The Twins 3rd basemen was able to take significant steps forward at third base, while posting the best average of his major league career. Finishing second on the club in hits a season ago was a sign that Plouffe has the ability to contribute for this club.

Plouffe played in 136 games last season, a number that was down due to an injury that ended his season. In 2015, Plouffe will open as the starting third basemen, despite being pushed by Miguel Sano. Upon the emergence of the phenom prospect, Plouffe should still see regular time at third, or at another position that the Twins could push him to.

With Plouffe dropping to 4th on the club in hits in 2015, it’s less of a reflection on the season expected for Plouffe, and more of an indication that the talent has increased in the lineup. Expect Plouffe to continue to contribute for the Twins at a high level.