Bounce Back from What?
First real year in the big leagues at a new position, where he hits 24 home runs and we are picking apart the fact that he hit them in a bunch and not so much after an injury? I think the TwinsDaily negativism / pessimism has surfaced again in spades. If the guy is average defensively next year (a reasonable expectation) and posts reasonable offensive numbers based on last year's results (say 18 homers and 75 RBIs), every Twins fan should be thrilled as that would represent the best 3rd base play we've seen since Koskie - with the potential for much improvement.
These are all absolutely reasonable. And I'm interested to see if he can do that. The problem? According to Nick's "floor" - you're a pessimist.
Originally Posted by Linus
I am a big Plouffe fan, but I do think that he needs more focus. I remember a game in Anaheim two years go where Plouffe was playing second base. There was a guy on first and one out. A sharp grounder to the shortstop should have resulted in a double play. But Plouffe touched second and headed toward the dugout. Plouffe thought that there were already 2 outs. The Angels fans mocked him.
Originally Posted by tellis205
I think that Plouffe could hit 40+ home runs and win a gold glove at third base if he could increase his focus.
I'm pretty excited about the guy. He might be another one of those guys who never turned up on prospect lists but somehow ended up being an above average regular. I'm hoping he can settle in a bit and raise the average while keeping the power... Sano is still a bit too far down, so to be competitive in 2014/15, Plouffe has got to fill a spot.
Sano isn't a lock to be playing 3b by the time his bat is ready, so I'm hopeful Plouffe can stick around for a little while. Its all about adjustments for him.
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