Position | Outfield
Bats/Throws | Left/Right
Born | May 3, 1988 (Lexington, KY)
School | Lexington Catholic High School
Height | 5'9''
Weight | 175 lbs.
2009 Ranking | 2
....(Photo courtesy of Mike Janes/Four Seam Images)
When the Twins decided to draft Ben Revere, they were the talk of the draft, but not in a good way. Most "experts" expected Revere to be chosen somewhere between the 3rd-5th rounds, which is why it was so shocking when the Twins took Revere with the 28th overall pick. One aspect of Revere that the Twins were so attracted to was his signability. The Twins signed Revere five days after the draft (June 12) to a signing bonus of $750,000.
Revere was assigned to the Gulf Coast League where he appeared in 50 games and hit .325/.388/.461 with 10 triples in 216 plate appearances. In 2008, the Twins had Revere begin the season in Extended Spring Training where they planned to send him to the Appalachian League in June. In late April, Revere was called up to the Midwest League after the club found out that third baseman Deibinson Romero would miss a month after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Revere went on to flirt with hitting .400 for the majority of the summer before settling (if you could call it that) with a .379/.433/.497 tri-slash line with 28 extra-base hits and 44 steals in 83 games with the Beloit Snappers. In 2009, Revere continued to move through the system with the Ft. Myers Miracle being his next destination. Revere's OPS took a major blow, but he still hit .311/.372/.369 and stole 45 bases through 121 games in the pitcher-friendly confines of the Florida State League.
At 5'9'' and 175 lbs., it's hard to imagine Revere hitting more than just a handful of home runs in a year, but many believe that he could reach double digits someday. Revere has ++ speed and has both outstanding bat control and discipline at the plate as well. He's extremely athletic, which can be seen in the first 13 seconds of this video. He is best suited to hit at the top of the order, but he might be forced to hit near the bottom with the Twins due to a heavy left-handed lineup already intact. The biggest concern for Revere has been his defense. In the past, scouts haven't been in love with the routes he takes. His arm strength has also been a cause for concern, which has driven several people to suggest that he be moved to second base, a position he played on occasion in high school. But Revere improved leaps and bounds in both areas in 2009 and is looking to put them completely behind him in 2010.
Level G PA AVG OBP SLG XBH HR wRC+A+ 121 517 .311 .372 .369 19 2 123
Revere is starting the season off in Double-A New Britain. Should there be an injury to Denard Span, Revere is probably the best option to play center field for the Twins.
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