With the 20th selection of the 2004 draft, the Twins selected shortstop Trevor Plouffe. Although he didn’t turn 18 until days before the short-season opened, the Twins assigned Plouffe to Elizabethton where he was one of the youngest players in the Appalachian League. As Plouffe moved up a level each year, he continued to be one of the younger players in each league. Plouffe returned to Rochester this spring where at 22, he turns 23 on June 15th, he is again the youngest player on the Red Wings, and is nearly a year younger than Anthony Swarzak and David Winfree.
Now that Plouffe is on the 40-man roster, he had his first exposure to spring training with the Twins. Although he hit for only a .125 average this spring, Ron Gardenhire was impressed with his overall play, and stated that he sees Plouffe is an option should the Twins need a shortstop later this summer.
Plouffe was 2 for 4 on Opening Day with a double, home run, run scored, 2 RBIs, and walk. Last night, Plouffe had another 2 hits in 2 at-bats, with a triple, RBI, and 2 walks. For a player with a reputation as a slow starter, it appears that Gardenhire’s comments built a fire under Plouffe, who is determined to make 2009 his best season yet.