January 27, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #24 Trevor Plouffe

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #24 | Trevor Plouffe

Position | Shortstop

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| June 15, 1986 (West Hills, California)

| Crespi Carmelite High School

| 6'2''

| 195 lbs.

2009 Ranking | 15

Trevor Plouffe was taken by the Twins with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 draft. Plouffe and the Twins quickly agreed to a $1.5 million signing bonus which allowed him to play in 60 games with the Elizabethton Twins as an 18-year-old. The young shortstop, handled himself well hitting .283/.340/.380 with 13 extra-base hits. The Twins wasted no time moving Plouffe through the system. In 2005, he hit .223/.300/.345 with 13 home runs with the Single-A Beloit Snappers. With total blindness, the Twins continued to promote him and in 2006, Plouffe played 125 games with High-A Fort Myers. The 20-year-old hit a disappointing .246/.333/.347 with 34 extra-base hits.

Continuing their trend, the Twins looked past Plouffe's numbers and continued to move him through the organization. In 2007, Plouffe played in Double-A New Britain where he put up the best numbers of his career. The 21-year-old hit .274/.326/.410 with 48 extra-base hits in 497 at-bats with the Rock Cats. Much like Luke Hughes, the Twins had Plouffe start off the 2008 season in New Britain, despite his success in '07. Plouffe hit .269/.325/.410 with 23 extra-base hits in 227 at-bats. He was promoted to Triple-A Rochester in mid-June where he hit .256/.292/.420 with 26 extra-base hits in 250 at-bats. Plouffe played all of last season in Rochester hitting .260/.313/.407 with 38 extra-base hits in 430 at-bats.

Plouffe is a doubles-hitting machine, having hit 145 through 2,562 career at bats. It's important to note that Plouffe has always been younger than his competition, which isn't an excuse for his career .256/.318/.385 hitting line, but it needs to be taken into consideration when evaluating him. His defense still needs work, but he has a great arm and decent range. He'll spend another full season in Rochester this season, but I believe that he'll eventually be promoted at some point.

2009 Statistics
          Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR   wRC+
          AAA      118    477    .260    .313    .407      38     10     92

2010 Outlook

Plouffe will be in Rochester for most of the season and I expect him with the Twins as a September call-up.


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JK said...

Totalzone rates Plouffe as a plus SS. If his bat comes around he could be a major league regular. If not he should have some value as a league minimum utility infielder.

Will this be his 2nd option year? Hopefully he'll force his way into the infield conversation soon. We still have long term openings at 2B/3B.