Injuries have opened up playing time, at least temporarily, for Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere, who is an intriguing speed play. But does he have the other skills to go with it?
At least a 70 runner on the 20-to-80 scouting scale, Revere, who turned 23 last week, was the 28th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of a Kentucky high school. While he's never going to hit for power -- he has a total of four homers in 1,649 professional plate appearances -- the left-handed hitting Revere has hit better than .300 in each of his four pro seasons, to go along with stolen-base totals of 44, 45 and 36, respectively, in the past three seasons. Revere has the on-base skills to take advantage of his speed, with excellent bat control and the ability to hit line drives into the gaps to keep outfield defenses honest. Revere also makes a ton of contact, striking out in less than 9 percent of his 1,612 minor league plate appearances. He does a good job of keeping his hands inside the ball, and while he'll occasionally pull his front shoulder out early, leading to rollover grounders, for the most part he has a sound swing.