KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 14: Second baseman Johnny Giavotella #9 of the Kansas City Royals fields a throw as Ben Revere #11 of the Minnesota Twins slides into second for a steal in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 14, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Ben Revere hasn't made believers out of everyone quite yet, but if there's one thing you can't deny about him it's that he's fast. His speed makes him an exciting player, and he's one of the few good reasons to keep watching Twins games as we wind down the season. As his best asset, his speed not only helps him in the field (if you've gone, or are going, to any games against the Mariners this series be sure to pick up a program, as I've written about Revere's penchant for making long-range plays more often than the best center fielders in baseball this season), but it obviously helps him on the bases, too.
On Monday against the Yankees, Revere stole bases 31 and 32 on the season. That 32nd base broke the previous record of 31, set by a 21-year old Luis Rivas in 2001. Last night, Revere stole his 33rd base.
Just as impressive as his 33 steals is how efficient he's been. This year his 33-for-42 (78.6%) success rate not only bests Rivas' '01 campaign (73.8%), it's better than the current league leader in stolen bases, Brett Gardner (45 steals, 77.6% success rate).
Over the coming years, if Revere can take a few more walks and hit closer to .300, he'll not only continue to draw comparisons to Juan Pierre for his skill set, but it's likely that he'll be among the league leaders in stolen bases through his 20s.
In the program for the Mariners series, I drew up a chart that illustrated how Revere stacked up against baseball's best center fielders in terms of making catches outside of the average center fielder's defensive zone. For today, I'll leave you with a similar list, illustrating how Revere stacks up against baseball's nine most prolific thieves in 2011.