Plouffe plays a number of positions, so he has Yahoo eligability at 2B, 3B, SS, OF, so a 25-HR .270 hitter with his positional eligibility would really play. A 1st round pick in 2004, he's just about to turn 26 this week. Here is something I read early this season on CBS, before Plouffe started this hot streak:
April 11, 2012 3:08 pm
When you combine his 2011 numbers at AAA Rochester and with the Twins, Plouffe managed 23 HR with 64 RBI and 6 SB in 478 AB last season. Since Plouffe is on a team with marginal talent in place at some positions and has the ability to play all over the field, he may see his playing time and offensive production increase this season. He is someone to keep in mind when the injury bug bites.
Looking at old BP thoughts, they were really high on him in '05 and '06, saying he's a long way from contributing but he "still holds considerable promise" with a good approach at the plate and needs to age and fill out some to gain power. It looks like maybe he's finally done that.
He doesn't play on a great offensive team, he doesn't play in a good ballpark, and right now he doesn't have a premium lineup spot. However he is an intriguing play at SS and even 2B.
Thoughts/comments on Plouffe? Hopes/dreams? Hate? Fear?