Phillies fans are quite used to general manager Ruben Amaro making the blockbuster big ticket move. And, it’s no wonder. The Phillies pack the stadium every night at Citizen’s Bank Park. Last year, it’s consecutive sellout record finally came to a halt at 257 games. Although, quite frankly, there were times when I sat in my season ticket seats in section 117 and saw a lot of empty seats in the upper corners.
So, when the Phillies acquired Ben Revere from the Twins this week, knowledgeable Phillies fans were happy, but still hoping to acquire superstar Josh Hamilton. After all, Revere was described by radio talk show pundits as a “cheaper version of Michael Bourn.” The move didn’t have Phillies fans rushing to sports betting sites to bet on the Phillies to best the Nationals and Braves this season.
Revere is a burner who needs to walk more to be effective at the top of the Phillies order, but if you consider he hit .326 over six minor league seasons and .294 with 40 stolen bases last year for the Twins, you can see where Ben has fantasy baseball value. He certainly won’t help your power numbers; Revere hasn’t homered in 1064 MLB at bats.
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2013 Fantasy Baseball Prospectus: Ben Revere — We actually think Revere could steal 50 bases this year in Philadelphia if he gets 650 plate appearances rather than the 553 he got in Minnesota last year. He’ll also help your team batting average based on his .278 career log and only at age 25. He moves from a pitchers’ park to a hitters’ park, but when you have no power, it really doesn’t matter that much.
Where Revere bats in the lineup is important. He won’t hit leadoff with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard back, as Charlie Manuel will not want Jimmy Rollins to hit second where he has to give up some of his power to hit behind runners. If he hits second, in front of Utley and Howard, he could top .300. Hitting in the eighth slot, which has been suggested, would hurt his average numbers.
Unless you play in a very deep league, however, it’s tough to chase Revere’s stolen base numbers knowing that you’ll zero out on home runs in an outfield position where home runs and the corresponding RBI totals are so important. Taking Revere likely puts you 20 homers down to start.
We are going to give Revere the benefit of the doubt and give him his first MLB home run in 2013, but we’re guessing it may be an inside-the-park job.