High expectations are nothing new to Revere. He was the 28th overall (1st round) draft pick of the Twins in 2007 coming out of Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington, Kentucky. While at Lexington, Revere won a Kentucky state title in baseball and was named team MVP. All through the minors, Revere was listed as one of the Twins top prospects, including being ranked No. 2 overall in the Minnesota organization in 2008. He was called up to the Twins in September 2010 and spent the majority of the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Minnesota.
One thing that Revere, 5’9” 170 lbs., has always done well is hit the ball. He never hit below .303 in the minors. In 2011, his first full season in the Majors, he hit .267/.310/.309 with no homeruns, 30 RBI, and 34 stolen bases. He improved his bat in 2012 hitting .294/.333/.342 with no homeruns, 32 RBI, and 40 stolen bases. He strung together a 21 game hit streak in 2012. He was primarily the Twins leadoff hitter which is not where he is expected to hit in Charlie Manuel’s lineup this year. One knock on Revere is that he is not a power hitter by any stretch of the imagination. He is still looking for his first Major League homerun and has only hit five homeruns in his professional career.
Revere’s 34 and 40 stolen bases in his first two seasons lend itself to Revere’s biggest strength: his speed. Revere can absolutely fly both on the base paths and in the field. Revere’s range in centerfield is almost unmatched as he tracks down balls way out of normal range. He won the MLB Gibby Award for Play of the Year in 2011 as he robbed Vladimir Guerrero of an extra base hit. One criticism of Revere is his throwing arm. He does not have a strong arm in centerfield but what he costs you with his arm, he more than makes up for with his range.
When he was traded from Minnesota, all the Twins beat writers could say was how great of a guy Revere was and how he would be great for the clubhouse morale in Philadelphia. Revere has entrenched himself in Philadelphia and has expressed through Twitter that he now follows the Flyers and roots for the 76ers. He has clearly been welcomed by the veterans as Jimmy Rollins refers to him as “tootsie pop.”
I don’t think fans care what Revere is called as long as he is stealing bases, scoring runs, and tracking down fly balls at Citizens Bank Park for years to come.
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