"Honestly, the way I see it is, it's an honor to be talked to next to names like Koskie and [Gary] Gaetti. To me that's what's special about it," Plouffe said.
Plouffe slugged 18, 19 and 22 doubles in 2011, '12 and '13, respectively, while averaging 435.7 plate appearances per season. He accumulated 38 doubles in 480 plate appearances entering Thursday.
"More than anything else, what I've seen, is he's just taking what they're giving him," manager Ron Gardenhire said, while also introducing a maturation component. "It's just a matter of more experience at this level, and more confidence in his own ability."
Plouffe acknowledged some changes in his approach -- staying on the ball longer, spraying pitches to all fields -- but ultimately, he has not become a doubles machine on purpose.
"You don't go up there trying to hit doubles, it just kind of happens," Plouffe said.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.