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Ben Revere (1988)

Outfielder Ben Daniel Revere played for the Twins from 2010-2012. He was born in Atlanta, went to high school in Lexington, Kentucky, and was drafted by Minnesota in the first round in 2007. He mostly rose one level at a time, playing in rookie ball in 2007, Class A in 2008, advanced A in 2009, AA in 2010, and AAA in 2011 before being called up to the big club because of injuries. He hit over .300 each minor league season, with a high of .379 in Beloit in 2008. He hit ten triples in each of his first two seasons in the minors, but only hit four in each of the next two seasons. He has little power and does not draw a lot of walks (his high is 40 in 2009). He does have speed, stealing around forty bases a year. He wasn’t terrible with Minnesota in 2011, but he wasn’t great, either, hitting .267/.310/.309. He started 2012 in Minnesota as a fourth outfielder, but was sent back to Rochester for about a month, then came back and was a regular most of the season. After the 2012 season, he was traded to Philadelphia for Trevor May and Vance Worley. As a Twin, he hit .278/.319/.323 with 74 stolen bases in 254 games. Installed as the regular center fielder for the Phillies, he is off to a poor start in 2013. A fine defensive player, most of his offensive value lies in his ability to hit for a high average and steal bases. How successful he is at those two things in the major leagues will go a long way to determining whether he has much of a major league career.
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