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Ranting about Revere

As of right now, one could make a pretty convincing argument  that Ben Revere is the Twin's most exciting player. I certainly believe so. Anyone who has a penchant for catching balls practically off a park's grass itself is certainly worthy of such a title. It's safe to say that Revere has broken out in a way this year and his emergence has got me thinking to how good he can be.

                                                                       What We Know About Ben Revere

  • He make's contact at a high rate - 91% of the time - and thus doesn't strike out much
  • He is blazing fast and puts pressure on fielders to make even the simplest throws (I think it can't be stated enough that when Revere gets on base due to an error, he usually earns it by making infielders rush their throws)
  • He has great range, better than any other Twin's outfielder or any other center fielder in the league for that matter. His UZR/150 of 17.5, if he had enough innings, would be the best in the league with Andrew McCutchen coming as a distant second at 14.4
  • Despite his low OBP which as of right now is about .310, he has shown outstanding plate discipline, only swinging at 22% of the pitches he sees out of the zone. To put that into perspective, thats better than the following players: Trot Tulowitski, Albert Pujols, Matt Kemp, Alex Rodriguez, and Prince Fielder. Heck, if he played enough he would rank 15th in the league in this category
  • His BABIP is .299 and ZiPs projects it to be .310. Even that number is out of line with his minor league averages. His expected BABIP is even higher, in the .330s range, because of his tendency to put the ball on the ground and his speed
All in all, my final assessment on Revere is that he is not even close to the player he can be and the numbers above show that. My personal theory for his low OBP is that he needs to take a few more pitches in the zone overall so he can draw another ball rather than swinging at a pitch on the corner and hitting it weakly. So whats your opinion on Revere? Do these stats make your view on him more optimistic or vice-versa? What do you think his ceiling is? 
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