Plouffe, Revere Promoted

4 May

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Following last night’s game, the Twins surprised no one by calling up Trevor Plouffe. They put Jim Thome on the Disabled List with the oblique injury.

They also mentioned that Jason Repko would be put on the Disabled List with his quad injury. They didn’t announce a corresponding move, but via Twitter, Red Wings catcher Rene Rivera commented, “Congrats to my roommate @BenRevere9 he going to the big leagues good luck my friend.”

I learned that Ray Chang was being promoted from New Britain up to Rochester as well.

Following a game on April 26th in which he went 0-3, Revere was hitting .194. He went 9-11 over next three games, and in the six games since that 0-3, he is 14-25 (.560), and he is now hitting .293 (I won’t mention the .330 OBP and .315 SLG, or the .645 OPS). It will be interesting to see what happens in the Twins outfield. I assume that if Revere is up, he will play. Could Rene Tosoni move to the bench? And if Delmon Young is back on Friday, who will be sent back to Rochester? I assume Tosoni which would make Revere the fourth outfielder until Jim Thome comes back. Or, does this tell us that Young may not be back as soon as we had hoped?

As for Plouffe, we have been clamoring for him to be called up for some time now. He had a bad spring training, with a bunch of errors. He was sent back to minor league camp early. He has played good defense for the Red Wings. He started the season on fire, particularly with extra base hits. On the season, he is hitting .282/.344/.590 (.934 OPS) with four doubles, a triple and six home runs. However, in his last nine games, he is 7-34 (.206). He went 4-5 with a double and a home run on Sunday. Take that one game out, and he has 3 hits in his last 29 at bats. However, getting Plouffe to the big leagues should help the Twins.

Alexi Casilla was already moved over to 2B last night. Plouffe has played 2B eight of the 21 games he has played at Rochester. Michael Cuddyer, Luke Hughes and Matt Tolbert can all play 2B. So, right now, the Twins have three options at SS, five options at 2B, and several options at 3B .With Revere and Tosoni still both in the big leagues, there is now enough outfield depth.

Ray Chang was promoted from New Britain to Rochester. The infielder was hitting .270/.320/.404 with nine doubles, a home run and 22 RBI so far this season. It is again inexplicable to me why it wasn’t Steve Singleton promoted, but it is possible that an infielder could be sent down when Young comes off the Disabled List. That’s all I can think of. I have to assume that an outfielder will be promoted from New Britain to Rochester, although that isn’t absolutely necessary as the Red Wings still have Jeff Bailey, Brandon Roberts, Dustin Martin and Brian Dinkelman who can play in the outfield.

What affect do you think that Plouffe will have on the Twins? I know he struggled in the big leagues last year when he was promoted to the Twins four times. He struckout quite a bit. He also hit two home runs. Hitting in the bottom of the order, he could be alright with the bat, but the bigger concern is what he can do with the glove. I will say this. It would be hard to believe that he could be worse than Casilla was. What affect will playing 2B have on Casilla, and what do you think the playing time will be at SS, 2B and in the OF? I assume that when he plays, Revere will bat second which should strengthen that spot in the lineup. He can bunt and run, which should be exciting. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

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6 Responses to “Plouffe, Revere Promoted”

  1. mike wants wins May 4, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I have low expectations for Plouffe, but I think it is worth a shot. A lot of this changes when Nishioka is healthy anyway.

    • mike wants wins May 4, 2011 at 9:53 am #

      Revere, no idea? I think he’s not the defender that Repko is, but he has a chance to be a high OBP guy, a guy that they NEED right now.

  2. jjswol May 4, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Plouffe deserves another shot, probably his last as a Twin but his glove is just plain terrible and his hitting does not make up for the errors.

    As for Revere, for the life of me I don’t see why the Twins who can’t hit a lick to begin with so far this season would put a banjo hitter like Revere in the line-up. Smells of desperation to me. No way a contending team has Span and Revere in the same outfield.

    • mike wants wins May 4, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      If Revere gets on base 38-40% of the time (which is what some people think is his future) and steals 25 bases, that’s a very nice OFer. The goal of the game is to not make outs. Some people (i’m not sure I’m one of them) think Revere has that ability. And if he does, any team would love to have him on the roster.

  3. Benji May 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    I’m not high on Plouffe or Revere. Of course though, I want them to succeed. I think that Plouffe has shown he’s a AAAA player. Still, it’s hard to believe he is still pretty young. It’d be great for him to take off but he has a long minor league track record. I would love Revere to be trade bait at some point as we make room for the higher ceiling OF’ers. His absolute lack of power is a turn-off for me. With all that said, I hope they inject some energy into the club!

  4. Ben H. May 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Ray Chang and Steve Singleton are both listed on the AAA roster.

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