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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .245 0 0 1 0 .263 0.0
Birth Date6-15-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age28 years, 4 months, 7 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.32010
0.32011
0.42012
0.12013
2.42014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 MIN 24 22 44 41 7 6 1 0 2 13 0 14 0 1 2 6 0 0 .146 .143 .317 .170 -2.7 0.0 -0.3
2011 MIN 25 81 320 286 47 68 18 1 8 112 25 71 4 3 2 31 3 3 .238 .305 .392 .256 10.9 -7.8 0.3
2012 MIN 26 119 465 422 56 99 19 1 24 192 37 92 4 2 0 55 1 3 .235 .301 .455 .261 7.7 -3.7 0.4
2013 MIN 27 129 522 477 44 121 22 1 14 187 34 112 6 4 1 52 2 1 .254 .309 .392 .261 14.6 -13.7 0.1
2014 MIN 28 136 582 520 69 134 40 2 14 220 53 109 4 5 0 80 2 1 .258 .328 .423 .271 22.2 -0.6 2.4
Career487193317462234281005627241493981815522488.245.309.415.26152.7-25.83.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 ELZ Rk 60 264 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BLT A 127 532 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .239 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 FTM A+ 125 524 .267 .253 .324 .379 .255 .300 98 3.2 13.3 4.9 -0.2 0.8 24.2 2.4 24.2 2.4
2007 NBR AA 126 555 .254 .266 .338 .403 .262 .307 107 -3.8 16.3 7.1 -8.2 1.6 21.5 1.4 21.5 1.4
2008 NBR AA 58 249 .254 .256 .332 .387 .254 .315 104 -1.5 7.2 2.6 -4.6 0.9 10.4 0.6 10.4 0.6
2008 ROC AAA 66 272 .263 .256 .322 .397 .258 .287 94 1 8.4 0.9 2.2 0.5 10.1 1.2 10.1 1.2
2009 ROC AAA 118 477 .244 .264 .329 .399 .249 .287 111 -8.2 13.9 5.7 2.9 0.2 14.6 1.7 14.6 1.7
2010 MIN MLB 22 44 .170 .267 .332 .422 .267 .154 109 -4 1.2 0.2 0.0 0.3 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
2010 ROC AAA 102 445 .249 .257 .327 .393 .250 .272 99 -5.2 13.3 5.6 -10.5 0.4 16.0 0.5 16.0 0.5
2011 MIN MLB 81 320 .256 .257 .318 .402 .258 .286 103 -1.2 8.6 1.9 -7.8 -0.7 10.9 0.3 10.9 0.3
2011 ROC AAA 51 220 .326 .258 .327 .398 .254 .319 98 17 6.8 0.5 4.9 -1.9 23.9 2.7 23.9 2.7
2012 MIN MLB 119 465 .261 .256 .316 .407 .259 .244 105 0.3 12.7 0.6 -3.7 -2.6 7.7 0.4 7.7 0.4
2012 ROC AAA 2 9 .050 .256 .347 .360 .264 .000 91 -2.1 0.3 0 -0.0 0.0 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2013 MIN MLB 129 522 .261 .250 .315 .394 .263 .301 100 0.7 13.7 1.1 -13.7 -0.4 14.6 0.1 14.6 0.1
2013 ROC AAA 4 17 .310 .245 .331 .369 .250 .364 108 0.9 0.5 0 -0.1 -0.1 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2014 MIN MLB 136 582 .271 .255 .316 .394 .263 .299 109 5.8 15.0 1.4 -0.6 -0.6 22.2 2.4 22.2 2.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 ELZ Rk 264 29 67 7 2 4 28 19 34 3 1 .283 .341 .380 .097 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BLT A 532 58 104 18 0 13 60 50 78 8 4 .223 .301 .345 .122 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 FTM A+ 524 60 112 26 4 4 45 58 93 8 5 .246 .335 .347 .101 .267 24.2 -0.2 2.4
2007 NBR AA 555 75 136 37 2 9 50 38 89 12 7 .274 .319 .410 .137 .254 21.5 -8.2 1.4
2008 ROC AAA 272 34 64 17 3 6 39 14 47 1 1 .256 .290 .420 .164 .263 10.1 2.2 1.2
2008 NBR AA 249 32 61 17 3 3 21 16 43 4 2 .269 .321 .410 .141 .254 10.4 -4.6 0.6
2009 ROC AAA 477 53 112 23 5 10 60 34 68 3 6 .260 .315 .407 .147 .244 14.6 2.9 1.7
2010 ROC AAA 445 53 98 22 4 15 49 27 90 5 5 .244 .296 .430 .187 .249 16.0 -10.5 0.5
2010 MIN MLB 44 7 6 1 0 2 6 0 14 0 0 .146 .143 .317 .171 .170 -2.7 0.0 -0.3
2011 MIN MLB 320 47 68 18 1 8 31 25 71 3 3 .238 .305 .392 .154 .256 10.9 -7.8 0.3
2011 ROC AAA 220 33 60 11 3 15 33 21 39 3 1 .312 .384 .635 .323 .326 23.9 4.9 2.7
2012 ROC AAA 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .111 .000 .000 .050 -1.1 -0.0 -0.1
2012 MIN MLB 465 56 99 19 1 24 55 37 92 1 3 .235 .301 .455 .220 .261 7.7 -3.7 0.4
2013 ROC AAA 17 3 5 0 0 1 3 2 3 0 0 .333 .412 .533 .200 .310 1.3 -0.1 0.1
2013 MIN MLB 522 44 121 22 1 14 52 34 112 2 1 .254 .309 .392 .138 .261 14.6 -13.7 0.1
2014 MIN MLB 582 69 134 40 2 14 80 53 109 2 1 .258 .328 .423 .165 .271 22.2 -0.6 2.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 145 0.5655 0.4828 0.6857 0.5122 0.4444 0.8333 0.4643 0.3000
2011 1273 0.5326 0.4398 0.7657 0.5693 0.2908 0.8601 0.5549 0.2343
2012 1762 0.5306 0.4716 0.8087 0.6492 0.2709 0.8781 0.6205 0.1913
2013 1922 0.5250 0.4329 0.8113 0.5927 0.2563 0.8829 0.6282 0.1887
2014 2277 0.5064 0.4229 0.8027 0.6149 0.2260 0.8801 0.5866 0.1963
Career73790.52270.44120.79770.60740.26010.8760.59770.2017

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-25 2014-09-29 DTD 4 4 Left Forearm Surgery Fracture Sliding Into Player At Third Base 2014-09-29
2014-08-09 2014-08-09 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2014-06-15 2014-06-30 15-DL 15 14 Left Trunk Inflammation Ribcage -
2014-04-27 2014-04-30 DTD 3 0 Right Arm Contusion Triceps - -
2013-09-20 2013-09-21 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Inflammation - -
2013-05-30 2013-06-15 15-DL 16 14 Left Lower Leg Strain - -
2013-05-22 2013-05-29 7-DL 7 7 - Head Concussion Player Collision While Sliding Into Second Base - -
2013-03-09 2013-03-22 Camp 13 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2013-02-18 2013-02-25 Camp 7 0 Right Lower Leg Soreness Calf - -
2012-07-21 2012-08-13 15-DL 23 21 Right Thumb Contusion - -
2012-03-19 2012-03-30 Camp 11 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-05-09 2011-05-13 DTD 4 3 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-04-13 2011-04-17 Minors 4 3 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 MIN $
2014 MIN $2,350,000
2013 MIN $520,000
2012 MIN $485,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,005,000
2011Current$2,350,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$3,355,000
3 yrTotal$3,355,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 162 dNez Balelo1 year/$2.35M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.35M (2014). Re-signed by Minnesota 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.52M (2013). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/21/13.
  • 1 year/$0.485M (2012). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/7/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Minnesota 11/19/08. Re-signed by Minnesota 3/8/09.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2004 (1-20) (Crespi HS, Northridge, Calif.). $1.5M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 627 76 153 30 3 24 87 48 127 4 3 .272 .334 .466 .289 30.8 3B -12 2.0
80o 610 71 145 29 3 23 82 45 126 4 3 .261 .322 .448 .279 23.9 3B -12 1.3
70o 598 68 138 27 3 22 78 43 125 4 3 .254 .313 .434 .271 19.1 3B -11 0.8
60o 588 65 131 26 2 21 76 41 124 4 3 .247 .306 .423 .265 15.2 3B -11 0.4
50o 579 63 126 25 2 20 73 40 123 3 3 .241 .299 .413 .259 11.6 3B -11 0.1
40o 570 60 121 24 2 19 70 38 123 3 2 .235 .292 .402 .253 8.1 3B -11 -0.3
30o 560 58 117 23 2 19 68 37 122 3 2 .228 .284 .391 .246 4.5 3B -11 -0.7
20o 548 55 111 22 2 18 65 35 121 3 2 .221 .276 .378 .239 0.5 3B -10 -1.1
10o 531 51 102 20 2 16 61 32 119 3 2 .210 .264 .360 .228 -4.8 3B -10 -1.6
Weighted Mean5816312725220734012433.242.300.414.26012.23B -110.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 41% 12% 15% 93%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015293424071151114024752.228.290.389.2490.17.3-0.8-0.114.9-6.7-6.7
201630581681222321866431262.232.297.384.250-0.47.3-1.4-0.414.9-5.8-11.4
201731622711242321969451322.219.281.366.241-1.11.7-1.4-0.614.9-11.2-12.2
201832620711242321970451331.221.285.373.244-1.03.1-1.3-0.814.9-9.8-12.2
201933631721242322071471361.217.282.368.240-1.30.8-1.2-0.914.9-12.0-12.4
202034618721192022070501340.214.284.365.241-1.21.4-0.9-1.114.9-11.6-12.2
202135637661152221663451500.199.263.325.222-2.5-10.2-1.0-1.314.9-22.9-12.5
202236610691192021967441290.214.277.358.235-1.6-2.4-0.9-1.414.9-15.0-12.0
202337618661172121663411430.208.266.339.224-2.3-8.7-0.9-1.614.9-21.1-12.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
18.710.825.710.85.16.471.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 93 Jayson Nix 2011 .203
2 89 Casey McGehee 2011 .224
3 88 Chris Johnson 2013 .283
4 87 Chase Headley 2012 .320
5 85 Danny Valencia 2013 .307
6 83 Scott Sizemore 2013 .168
7 83 Wilson Betemit 2010 .298
8 82 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2010 .242
9 82 Garrett Atkins 2008 .262
10 81 Ben Francisco 2010 .268
11 81 Ian Stewart 2013 .000 DNP
12 81 Sean Rodriguez 2013 .272
13 80 Mark Teahen 2010 .237
14 80 Jhonny Peralta 2010 .253
15 80 Andy Marte 2012 .000 DNP
16 80 Bobby Thomson 1952 .305
17 79 David Murphy 2010 .280
18 79 Xavier Nady 2007 .266
19 79 Brendan Harris 2009 .244
20 79 Adrian Beltre 2007 .274
21 79 Chase Utley 2007 .321
22 79 Khalil Greene 2008 .226
23 79 Jose Bautista 2009 .261
24 79 Chad Tracy 2008 .242
25 79 Michael Cuddyer 2007 .281
26 78 Richie Hebner 1976 .260
27 78 Bobby Crosby 2008 .229
28 78 Jeremy Hermida 2012 .253
29 78 Edwin Encarnacion 2011 .271
30 77 Juan Rivera 2007 .234
31 77 Jed Lowrie 2012 .283
32 77 Hank Thompson 1954 .310
33 77 Scott Rolen 2003 .307
34 77 Bill Melton 1974 .273
35 77 Doug Decinces 1979 .265
36 77 Matt LaPorta 2013 .000 DNP
37 77 Ryan Shealy 2008 .316
38 77 Scott Hairston 2008 .295
39 77 Dave Hollins 1994 .237
40 77 Morgan Ensberg 2004 .260
41 77 Travis Ishikawa 2012 .249
42 77 Michael Morse 2010 .314
43 76 Pete Ward 1966 .245
44 76 Bob Bailey 1971 .287
45 76 Fred Lewis 2009 .275
46 76 Will Venable 2011 .277
47 76 Brad Hawpe 2007 .295
48 76 Gabe Gross 2008 .262
49 76 Jeff Baker 2009 .269
50 76 Seth Smith 2011 .281
51 76 Franklin Gutierrez 2011 .199
52 76 Kendrys Morales 2011 .000 DNP
53 76 Brandon Wood 2013 .000 DNP
54 76 David Freese 2011 .280
55 76 Adam Rosales 2011 .153
56 76 Nate Schierholtz 2012 .273
57 76 Ron Cey 1976 .322
58 76 Nick Hundley 2012 .173
59 76 Brandon Phillips 2009 .265
60 76 Ryan Garko 2009 .266
61 75 Howard Johnson 1989 .337
62 75 Roger Bernadina 2012 .284
63 75 Tony Perez 1970 .341
64 75 Scott Thorman 2010 .000 DNP
65 75 Xavier Paul 2013 .268
66 75 Chris Shelton 2008 .222
67 75 Aubrey Huff 2005 .259
68 75 Ryan Spilborghs 2008 .295
69 75 Travis Buck 2012 .215
70 75 Stephen Drew 2011 .262
71 74 Adam Lind 2012 .256
72 74 Chris Burke 2008 .221
73 74 Brian Anderson 2010 .000 DNP
74 74 Bill Hall 2008 .242
75 74 Josh Fields 2011 .000 DNP
76 74 Ryan Church 2007 .283
77 74 Robin Ventura 1996 .296
78 74 Angel Pagan 2010 .287
79 74 Ryan Langerhans 2008 .278
80 74 Chris Snyder 2009 .248
81 74 Al Rosen 1952 .341
82 74 Brent Lillibridge 2012 .213
83 74 Chipper Jones 2000 .318
84 73 Kelly Johnson 2010 .310
85 73 Rocco Baldelli 2010 .190
86 73 Alex Rios 2009 .240
87 73 Del Ennis 1953 .305
88 73 Brennan Boesch 2013 .273
89 73 Michael McKenry 2013 .223
90 73 Matt Downs 2012 .220
91 73 Hector Luna 2008 .642
92 73 Tim Wallach 1986 .244
93 73 Glenn Davis 1989 .312
94 73 Hank Blalock 2009 .251
95 73 Curtis Granderson 2009 .267
96 73 Felix Pie 2013 .167
97 73 Delwyn Young 2010 .257
98 73 Allen Craig 2013 .297
99 73 Chris Heisey 2013 .245
100 73 Brook Jacoby 1988 .241

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .282 .356 .491 .301
11 vs R (Multi) .234 .288 .381 .243
18 Split (Multi) -.047 -.068 -.110 -.058
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .300 .371 .455 .301
31 vs R (2013) .240 .290 .373 .241
38 Split (2013) -.060 -.081 -.081 -.060
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 For a month in 2012, from June 2 to July 1, Plouffe could do no wrong at the plate. He batted .333/.395/.784, belting 13 home runs in just 114 plate appearances. Unfortunately, he sandwiched that between a dreadful .163/.261/.347 in the first two months and a .221/.275/.351 in the final three, with 11 homers combined in those 351 plate appearances. Plouffe clearly has excellent power, but doesn't have excellent patience at the best of times. When things go poorly, he tends to get overly swing-happy. He'll be given every opportunity to recapture some of that June magic and become the third baseman of the future, but the Twins plan to bring in some competition and/or a backup plan in case he's more like the Danny Valencia of 2012.
2012 This 2004 first-round pick's first major league season of any substance didn't erase the notion that he's a bust, but in a year that saw Nishioka, Hughes, and Tolbert combine for 783 plate appearances of .213 True Average "hitting" and a collective -2.9 WARP, Plouffe doesn't look so bad. Despite a fairly high strikeout rate and a modest BABIP, he showed enough pop that his isolated power ranked third behind Cuddyer and Kubel, his TAv fourth behind those two and Mauer. Of course, when a utilityman is your team's fourth-best hitter, plans have gone terribly awry. That's without getting into the nasty things that various systems say about his defense; suffice to say ours offers a relatively sunny take. Prior to his 51-game tear at Rochester, Plouffe had hit just .253/.303/.419 in nearly 1,200 PA at Triple-A, so it's no given that he can maintain this level of production. The plan for him to focus on being a full-time corner outfielder only raises the offensive bar.
2011 Plouffe has developed some home-run pop since reaching Triple-A in 2009, but his ceiling is no higher than that of a utility infielder because he doesn't get on base consistently enough to play on an everyday basis. He has a strong arm that enables him to play third base and can handle shortstop despite below-average range thanks to good instincts and positioning. Plouffe isn't going to live up to the hype that came with his first-round selection in 2004, but he should be able to fashion some sort of major-league career.
2010 The club's first-round pick way back in 2004, Plouffe has been stuck at the upper levels of the Twins system for three years now, and there's little reason to believe he'll escape anytime soon. While his double-digit power is rare for an up-the-middle player, he's an average-at-best defender who doesn't walk, run, or hit for much of an average. The Twins have toyed at times with the idea of turning him into a utility type, and their lack of confidence in his ever developing into an everyday player was reflected in the trade for J.J. Hardy.
2009 More than ever, 2004 first-rounder Trevor Plouffe looks like a busted pick; he's begun transitioning to utility work, but he may not have the bat for even that. Two years ago in these pages we said that "Plouffe" is the sound a soufflé makes when it falls; it's not true, but it should be, because in this case it's really appropriate.
2008 For an organization that finds so many prizes later in the draft, the Twins have had a distinct lack of success in the first round of late. Since Mauer in 2001, the only first-round picks they've made that are likely to produce MLB value are pitchers Glen Perkins and Matt Garza, the latter of whom is now a Ray. Plouffe was their first pick in 2004, and had his best season yet last year, but it still featured a .326 OBP and 32 errors, and he doesn't have outstanding range.
2007 A first-round pick in 2004, Plouffe has had two eerily similar seasons over the past two years. He`s very good defensively, with nice range to both sides and a plus arm, but, if he can`t hit better than he has, it just doesn`t matter. Plouffe hits the occasional home run and draws a decent number of walks, so, in another era, he could have been the next Dick Schofield. Unfortunately, this is not that era. In certain advanced cooking circles, `Plouffe` is the sound a souffl? makes when it falls, and it is considered very bad luck even to say the word.
2006 The 20th overall pick in the `04 draft, like most high school prospects, Plouffe may not be the blue chip prospect who tears through a system overnight, but he still holds considerable promise. He has a good approach at the plate; he just lacks the power and filling out that will come with age to really take advantage of it. He`s a more finished product afield, flashing good range and an excellent arm. A long, long way off from helping.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for a low end roto third baseman. Thoughts on Trevor Plouffe? I know he was up and down last year but would you count on him for 20 homers? Any better suggestions from that position that would be a nice very low end guy (very deep league) to provide some value? Thanks so much Paul!
(Matt from NJ)
I like where your head is at with him. 18-20 is definitely doable. He has the job which is a big help. I like Callapso, too. Doesn't do any one thing extraordinarily well, but solid & has the job, too. Matt Carpenter doesn't have a job yet, but I like him a good bit, too. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Trevor Plouffe holding down the third base job and crushing bombs?
(Jeff from MN)
Should be able to do just that. Another 20+ should be no problem. (Paul Sporer)
2012-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Trevor Plouffe's power surge earlier this year? Was it a total fluke or is this an extreme example of some nice power potential for 2013?
(ChrisHopcroft from Glasgow, Scotland)
Given his walk rate and low batting average, I'm not sure it really matters. I don't know that it has to be an either-or choice; it could both be flukey AND an indicator of some increased power for next year. (Colin Wyers)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you believe in Trevor Plouffe?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
Yeah, I did a quick hit of Plouffe in an article a couple weeks ago (
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=17394), and I'm starting to buy into him a little more. As I said, I like the swing, and HitTracker says 12 of his 18 home runs would have gone out in at least 28 parks. He doesn't hit the ball far, but when you account for direction (he's pretty much a strict pull power hitter), it works out. (Derek Carty)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)OK. List your top 5 late round, who the Hell is that guy sleepers. Any position.
(Billy from Wildwood, NJ)
Trevor Plouffe, Tyler Flowers, Brian Bogusevic, Hisashi Iwakuma, Brian Matusz (Jason Collette)
2011-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)The pool of available fantasy shortstops (especailly in the NL with HanRam and Drew hurt), is horribly shallow. Any thoughts on sleeper, breakout, under-the-radar guys for next year's auction?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
I haven't started digging too deep yet, but I like the potential of Trevor Plouffe in Minnesota, and I have a hard time believing his teammate Nishioka is this bad. Even Casilla is a decent deep play. In the NL, Chase D'Arnaud is interesting if he gets a chance to start, particularly for his speed. Dee Gordon is an even better play but is more well-known. (Derek Carty)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Prepare to reap the whirlwind of taking the unpopular side of a raging debate. No question here, Steve. Just wanted to say I enjoy your writing and I'll catch you at the Yogi in March(ish?) if the promotion schedule allows a visit.
(Phil S. from NJ)
That's the fun part. Yes, we'll be at the Yogi. I think we'll be filming the event, too. And we look forward to seeing you as well. These events are the big payoff for spending a quarter of the year alone in your office checking that the correct number of Fs are in Trevor Plouffe. (Steven Goldman)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two years ago, around this time of year, I asked you to tell me something good about the Twins' system. You mentioned, perhaps as a way of pointing out the relative dullness of that group in 2007, that Denard Span had a nice finish to the year. This year, another half-decade stale Twins' first rounder had a nice finish to the season playing a position where the team desperately needs help. So what's good about Trevor Plouffe? If the answer is "nothing", then I'd be pleased just to hear something good about the Twins' system. Thanks.
(Minneapolitan from Nashville)
I still think Plouffe has some kind of chance to get there as some kind of utility player. I do think there some solid stuff in the Twins system, including a nice group of young, toolsy outfielders, and as always, plenty of strike-throwing starters. (Kevin Goldstein)


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