MLB Player Profile: Phillies CF Ben Revere
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Wednesday January 16th, 2013
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The 28th pick of the first round in the 2007 Amateur Draft, Ben Revere was regarded as one of the Minnesota Twins’ top prospects. He made his Major League debut in 2010 at age 22 and played in 13 games for the Twins that season. The next year, Revere spent most of his time in the Majors playing in 117 games and hitting .267. With Revere, the Twins had some speed at the top of the lineup. On December 6th, 2012, Revere was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May. After trading Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the Giants, the Phillies had some gaps to fill in their outfield, and Revere was just the right guy.
Ben Revere 2012 Highlights: Mature Lyrics – Parental Guidance is advised
On the Twins, Revere spent most of his time in the Lead-off spot or as the #2 hitter. The Outfielder is a prototypical #2 hitter, as his high Batting Avg in 2012 (.297) suggests. Revere had 34 SB in 2011 and 40 in 2012. Revere has absolutely no power as he is yet to hit his first Major League HR through 989 AB. In his Twins career, Revere also drove in 64 runs. I would not dwell on the lack of HRs and RBI because this is not the mans game anyway. You would think that is only a matter of time before Revere should be able to finally notch his first HR in the hitter friendly Citizens Bank Park.
In Minnesota, Revere played alongside Denard Span and Josh Willingham in the outfield. Span played Center-Field whenever he played, which was most of the time, so Revere was confined mostly to Right Field. Upon seeing Revere and his stats, one would not necessarily conclude that he was meant to play Right Field. The guy will be the primary CF for the Phils.
As a replacement for the departed Shane Victorino in CF – Revere has some pretty big shoes to fill. He will most likely be at the top of the order right after Jimmy Rollins in the 2 slot. This is also like the former Phillies CF was for most of his stint there. Victorino was an extremely consistent player, who hit for high averages year in and out, (he only hit below .260 in 2 years out 8 played). It seems like Revere will be about the same average wise – in just looking at the very small sample size over the parts of two seasons he spent with the Twins.
If he continues to develop, the Phillies could be looking at a Michael Bourn-type player. Defense will not be a problem for Revere, as he has tremendous speed and should have no problem patrolling the outfield. Last year, the franchise went with John Mayberry Jr. as their #1 option at CF after the Victorino trade went down. He was less than stellar in the position defensively, so Revere will be a definite upgrade on the defensive side.
There was some speculation of Victorino returning to the Phillies after his contract with the Dodgers expired, but he looked to be signing elsewhere (he ended up with the Red Sox), so the Phillies were pressed to acquire another outfielder. With the surplus of Phillies pitching, the club did not have a problem with letting go of Vance Worley.
This season, I see Ben Revere making his mark on the National League. He has had two years to get acclimated, so this year could be his breakout. I see him stealing 40-50 bases and hitting in the .280-.300 range. Revere is promising as he is only 24 Years Old and already has a couple years of experience. I think the Philadelphia Phillies acquired a consistent player for the years to come. The only thing holding Revere from being regarded as a rising superstar is his lack of power. If he could put up 15-20 HRs a year, he would be likened to Shane Victorino or Carl Crawford.
There is still hope for Revere to develop and gain some power, but if not, the Phillies still have added a nice piece to their lineup.
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