Trevor Patrick Plouffe
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.
- High School Crespi High School
- Debut May 21, 2010
Shortstop Trevor Plouffe was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2004 amateur draft, the first of five first round picks that year by the Twins (counting picks in the sandwich round) and the 20th overall in the draft. He had hit .481 and slugged .852 as a high school senior and was 12-2 with one save and a 0.78 ERA. He made the Baseball America high school All-America team as a utility man.
Plouffe was signed by scout Bill Mele for $1.5 million and made his pro debut that summer with the Elizabethton Twins, hitting .283/.340/.380 in 60 games. Baseball America ranked him as the #6 prospect in the Appalachian League. He spent the next season with the Beloit Snappers, where he hit .223/.300/.345 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs and was picked as the 12th-best prospect in the Midwest League. He moved on to the Fort Myers Miracle in 2006 and hit .246/.333/.347 with 4 home runs and 45 RBIs.
On August 29, 2014, Plouffe hit the 10,000th home run in the history of the Twins franchise, dating back to its beginnings as the Washington Senators in 1901. The homer came in the 7th inning of a 9 - 1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. His season was cut short on September 24th when he broke his left forearm in a collision at third base with A.J. Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Plouffe's 2016 season was cut short by a rib injury that landed him on the disabled list three times and limited him to 84 games. He was designated for assignment the following November, and signed a free agent deal with the Oakland Athletics in January, 2017. Given a chance to start at third base early in the year, he hit .214 in 58 games, with 7 homers and 14 RBIs. On June 15th, the A's decided to go in a different direction, however, as he was again designated for assignment to make room for top prospect Matt Chapman, who took over as the starting third sacker. A couple of days later, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for future considerations.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2012 & 2015)
- Rhett Bollinger: "Plouffe fully recovered from broken left forearm: Third baseman rested and on normal timeframe for 2015 season", mlb.com, January 23, 2015.