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  • Ben Revere Traded to Philly for RHP Vance Worley & Top Pitching Prospect

    Vance Worley traded for Ben RevereThe Minnesota Twins have traded CF Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for RHP Vance Worley and a prospect. The prospect is Trevor May.

    Revere was the heir apparent for the Twins Center Field job going back to when Denard Span was dealt to the Washington Nationals for RHP Alex Meyer. He will go to the Phillies where he and Span will compete (with BJ Upton) for NL East (CF) supremacy.

    Vance Worley has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Phillies. Overall, he is 18-13 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He also has 238 strikeouts in 277.2 (7.7 K/9).

    Trevor May is a 6-5, 215 pound right-hander. He was the #69 overall prospect according to Baseball America last year. As a 22 year old in the Eastern League (AA), he went 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. However, in 149.2 innings, he struckout 151 (and walked 78). He should fit pretty easily into the Twins top 10 prospects. He is currently ranked as the Phillies #2 prospect.

    Revere's Twins tenure is best known for his web gem frequency and his speed. He loved playing with the Twins and fans loved the smile that he always plays with. He is certainly limited offensively as a singles hitter, but he can steal bases. Some in the organization always saw him more as a 4th outfielder, so to get a solid MLB starting pitcher plus a very talented pitching prospect for him is a great move by Terry Ryan and the Twins!
    This article was originally published in blog: Revere Traded to Philly for Worley started by Seth Stohs
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    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I was really looking forward to watching Revere play CF in 2013, but it seems to me that this was a good trade for the Twins.
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      All to often during the Pohlad era have the Twins hoarded players because they may be good someday only to lose them when they run out of options and turn out to not be as good when they are closer to the big leagues. Finally TR took his greatest assets, OF - specifically CF and traded for his deficiencies. The Twins have been behind the curve with power pitchers. These trades and the last draft have finally addressed those needs. Even if our kiddie OF'ers aren't quite ready, Worley, May and Meyer give the Twins a fighting chance. There still is a long way to go, but with an infield of Parmelee, Rosario, Santana, and Sano; and an outfield of Hicks, Arcia, Kepler and Buxton not that far off, there is much hope. And defense in the infield is not as much of a problem when you have pitchers that strike out guys in bunches.

      Nothing's set in stone at this point, and obviously some of the prospects could be busts, but at least there's light at the end of the tunnel. The Twins are finally using their assets properly.
    1. SwainZag's Avatar
      SwainZag -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I was really looking forward to watching Revere play CF in 2013, but it seems to me that this was a good trade for the Twins.
      Man, I didn't think I would ever even question that I would be happy about even thinking about Mastro playing CF full time for the Twins.

      Hard throwing power pitchers?! WHAT is going on? Here in MT me and my buddy had drinks tonight to celebrate trading 2 of our favorite players. Cheers to you JR.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Great job, Terry Ryan. Glad to have you back running the show. While I will miss watching Revere running around the diamond, I don't see why anybody would cause a fuss about trading him. I honestly think Hicks can equal, if not exceed, Revere's production this year.

      Revere's minor league slash line: .325/.383/.787
      Hicks' minor league slash line: .271/.379/.800
      Mastroianni's mi.lg. slash line: .279/.368/.739

      If Hicks isn't quite ready, Mastro can keep his place warm for a month or two. As a top of the order guy, isn't OBP the most important? Hicks is already Revere's equal there. He also has substantially more upside, potentially moving to the middle of the order if his power continues to develop. Revere's OPS was inflated by his first two years. Hicks' second best OPS was last year. Revere may cover more ground, but Hicks is no slouch and has an above average/great arm (potential as a P in draft).

      Something else to ponder:
      Hunter in his Age 22 year (Mostly AA New Britain, end at AAA Salt Lake): .295/.333/.796
      Hicks in his Age 22 year (AA New Britain): .288/.384/.844

      Hicks put up similar power numbers, but better OBP.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Something else to ponder:
      Hunter in his Age 22 year (Mostly AA New Britain, end at AAA Salt Lake): .295/.333/.796
      Hicks in his Age 22 year (AA New Britain): .288/.384/.844

      Hicks put up similar power numbers, but better OBP.
      Also note that the good part of Hunter's age 22 OPS came from his time in Salt Lake, a place where I think I could OPS at .700.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Something else to ponder:
      Hunter in his Age 22 year (Mostly AA New Britain, end at AAA Salt Lake): .295/.333/.796
      Hicks in his Age 22 year (AA New Britain): .288/.384/.844

      Hicks put up similar power numbers, but better OBP.
      Also note that the good part of Hunter's age 22 OPS came from his time in Salt Lake, a place where I think I could OPS at .700.
      Inflated numbers yes, but small sample size. Less than 100 AB.
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