Minnesota Twins Player Preview: Trevor Plouffe
-Plouffe’s offensive output since 2012 has been perhaps the strongest of any Twins player. His numbers were so strong in fact the Twins decided to move Sano from third to the outfield this upcoming season.
-Defensively, Plouffe has continued to improve each year and has made it a top priority to become a better third baseman. With gold glove finalist Brian Dozier, an improving Joe Mauer and returning shortstop Eduardo Escobar, the Twins infield looks to be a solid defensive unit for 2016.
-Versatility is another huge advantage for Plouffe who has seen time at all infield spots aside from catcher and pitcher as well in left and right field. And while it would be difficult to see him play anywhere other than third or first, the fact that they could use Plouffe at most positions in case of an emergency just adds to his value for the Twins.
-Consistency has been a struggle for Plouffe as his batting average has never exceeded .258. Plouffe figures to be no better than a .250 hitter for his career but also looks to be a solid power hitter so it really is a bit of a tradeoff.
-Plouffe’s strikeout numbers continue to climb and while he is not quite the free swinger Sano is, the hope is that his 124 strikeouts last season is the peak.
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