Plouffe Gets His Chance; Move Him Back To Shortstop
The Twins recalled infielder/outfielder Trevor Plouffe Sunday and he's expected to see regular at-bats the rest of the season. Plouffe played left field Monday night after Delmon Young was traded in the afternoon but Plouffe could play 2nd base and shortstop too. He was drafted as a shortstop and was playing there in the minor league until recently. He had an audition at shortstop earlier this season with the Twins and it didn't work out well because of multiple errors. He has the arm to play there but needs to make accurate throws. He is being considered at other positions because of the power potential he presents.
With the struggles of Tsuyoshi Nishioka I say Plouffe is given another chance to play shortstop. Nishioka hasn't played well there either and doesn't represent much hitting potential. What do the Twins have to lose? They are 14 games under 500 and have a month and a half to see if Plouffe can play shortstop. If he fails they'll know what to pursue in the off-season. The Nishioka experiment is looking like a disaster.