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Baseball’s hottest hitter? Would you believe Trevor Plouffe?

Jun 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Trevor Plouffe was hitting .133 on May 14 and the 26-year-old former first-round pick had a .212 batting average for his career, which along with the Twins not trusting him to play shortstop had him in danger of potentially being designated for assignment.

Instead he’s been the hottest hitter in baseball since then. Seriously.

Plouffe homered last night for the third consecutive game and 11th time in his last 21 games. He’s hitting .305 with a .768 slugging percentage during that span and has now taken over as the Twins’ everyday third baseman despite not playing the position regularly in the minors or majors before last month.

He’ll come back down to earth soon enough, but Plouffe’s power potential shouldn’t be dismissed as a fluke. His career batting average still isn’t pretty, but even when he was struggling overall Plouffe showed plenty of pop and through 521 plate appearances as a big leaguer he has 22 homers and 26 doubles.

This season–combining his awful start with his recent Babe Ruth impression–he has an Isolated Power (slugging percentage minus batting average) of .303, which ranks third in the American League behind only Josh Hamilton and Adam Dunn.

And if that’s not enough to make Twins fans optimistic about Plouffe’s upside, Parker Hageman of Twins Daily broke down his altered swing mechanics and shows frame-by-frame where all this power is coming from.

  1. cereal blogger - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Plouffe ? Isnt that when a Frenchman vomits a croissant ?

  2. kopy - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    The Plouffe is on fire!

    (Here is where I’d apologize, but I’m not sorry.)

    • kopy - Jun 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Also, the ladies I’ve gone to Twins games with might also agree that he’s baseball’s hottest hitter.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Oh crap, is it pronounced to rhyme with roof? If so I made a boo-boo in a fantasy thing I wrote up yesterday. Son of a…..

      • kopy - Jun 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        It does rhyme with Plouffe, but that should open up a whole new set of puns for you.

  3. Lukehart80 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Plouffe is tied with Jose Bautista for the MLB home run lead in June, with 7 already.

  4. coachbrew - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Babe Plouffe!

  5. card0109 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Nothing like a bit of good press for a young guy on his birthday.

  6. rooney24 - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    And, two more HRs tonight on his bday.

  7. xjokerz - Jun 16, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Glad I added him in fantasy 4 days ago 😀

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