07-13-2012, 10:37 AM #21
My biggest hope for Revere is he ends up being Juan Pierre with a few less stolen bases but a little better defensively. He can be the stop gap CF until Hicks is ready, at that point you either trade him or keep him around as a nice 4th OF.
07-13-2012, 10:59 AM #22
I'm very hopeful about Revere's progression and how he's been playing this season but let's not start declaring him the center fielder of the future quite yet. Ben's play has made me think that trading Span is a good idea but there's still a risk there. Revere could regress at any moment and then the Twins are in a pretty tight spot.
By the way, Revere posted a .704 OPS in June and a .662 OPS in July (SSS, obviously). Those numbers aren't proving any doubters wrong. Without his .799 OPS in May, his numbers are entirely pedestrian. Still, he's made progress and we should be happy about that. It makes trading Span a lot easier pill to swallow.
07-13-2012, 11:24 AM #23
Who cares about Revere's OPS. His job is to get on base (By hitting, making contact, or drawing walks), steal bases, score runs, ignite the offense, and provide great defense in the outfield. People make too much of him not hitting for power. Sure it would be great if Revere could sprinkle in a few more doubles and triples. However, with his speed he turns infield hits into doubles and triples. His range is so good in centerfield that it makes his arm not even a issue. He is much better, cheaper, and more durable than Span. Span is expendable!!!
07-13-2012, 11:29 AM #24
I'm hoping that won't happen to Revere (otherwise I wouldn't be advocating a trade of Span) but it's a possibility. It happens to "hit it on the ground and burn to first" players in their early to mid 20s all the time.
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07-13-2012, 01:27 PM #27
Ben has exceeded everyones hope but the problem is gonna be that he is only as valuable as his batting average. That can be dangerous, but so far this year, so good.
With Benson, Arcia & Hicks all about ready (give or take) & Buxton possibly a couple yrs out (#2 picks should make majors in 3/4 yrs IMO), Ben could be a 4th OF....but a very valuable one.
07-13-2012, 10:43 PM #28
Ben could eventually be pushed out by our prospects in the future. Although... Hes a Gardy type of player and it may not happen under Gardenhire. I don't know.
However... Those players are not here right now. This is the 2012 Twins and Ben is without question a 2012 starter.
I'm enjoying watching him play ball and I can't understand how others don't feel the same. This guy plays baseball how it's supposed to be played. I really don't recall seeing any player like him for quite some time.
That catch he almost made tonight would have given him another MLB play of the year award. The play he made on Vlad last year that gave him the award last year was beyond words. Sensational catch after sensational catch. .300 hitter.
This kid can put some butts in the seats.
Are doubles really the sticking point for the anti Revere crowd. It alludes me.
07-13-2012, 11:36 PM #29
In the past half year I have been a sometimes vocal opponent of Ben Revere, I now must back River Brian in the fact that Revere is a magic maker, a shaman of baseball.
This young man might not have the greatest abilities when it comes to stereotypical baseball performance, but he is magic on the field and seemingly brings it on a day in and day out basis. He will not accrue many assists as an outfielder, he will not hit many extra-base hits at the plate.
This kid will play a gold glove outfield without a good arm, he will hit near .300 without any pop, and he will steal a ton of bases.
Ben Revere has a magic quality to him, and he will succeed. He is baseball... and a reminder why I love this game.
07-13-2012, 11:41 PM #30
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07-14-2012, 07:49 AM #32
How many players would even attempt it?
Of those... How many players could even get a glove on it?
That catch... If made... Would have been one of the best ever. You were 6 feet from almost seeing something historical.
If only he could have hung on. What an effort.
His catch last year on Vlad has to rank as one of the best ever. Twins Fans... hopefully... are starting to realize what this kid can do and hopefully appreciate it.
07-14-2012, 08:35 AM #33
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07-14-2012, 09:29 AM #35
I just reviewed the tape on the attempted catch. I miss assessed it... It was a substandard effort. Not worth mentioning when we can razor focus on throwing arms and stats vs left handers at night in throwback jerseys.
07-14-2012, 09:56 AM #36
It was a great effort. Hyperventilating over a non-catch starts to look silly - it reveals that you're looking for his successes only and not his failures. That non-catch was not a failure, but he has many other failing aspects of his game that are concerning. He's having a hell of a 2012 though, I hope it continues to trend upward.
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