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Meet the Newest Member of the Phillies

newest Phillie Ben Revere – Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

As the baseball world gathered this week in Nashville for Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, your Philadelphia Phillies will leave there with their new center fielder.  Time to know Ben Revere.

Ben is a 24-yr-old who has been in the Minnesota Twins starting outfield for the last 2 seasons.  Born in Atlanta, raised in Kentucky, Revere was a 1st Round draft choice in 2007 out of Lexington Catholic High School.

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During his time in the minors, Revere was showing he had speed, ability to hit, and play solid defense.  Revere hit an attention getting .326 over his time in the Twins organization.  His 2008 season in Class A ball saw Ben hit a ridiculous .379 in about 400 plate appearances.

Revere was first called to the majors late in the 2010 season.  Next season he became an everyday player in the Twins outfield, and his 2012 season was amjor step forward in his development.

Revere is coming off a season where he hit .294 in over 500 at bats for Minnesota (which included a 21-game hitting streak at one stretch), with 40 Stolen Bases (in 49 attempts = 82% success in stealing), and having committed Zero errors in the outfield.

Ben Revere may be a steal for the Phillies considering the player is making under $1 Million, it cost you 2 pitchers who were not factoring in the team’s long term plans (although Vance Worley was solid when he was healthy), and Revere is just 24!

PREDICTION: Expect Revere to continue to improve as a hitter, but do not expect any power (Zero Home Runs in almost 1000 major league At-Bats).  A .300-plus batting average should be in the cards for him, higher numbers in Stolen Bases (I can see 50-60), and be able to track down just about anything hit in his direction in the outfield.  If you liked Juan Pierre last year for the Phills, you’ll love Ben Revere more!


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