Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/17/14
In 1,064 major league plate appearances, Ben Revere has never hit a homer. THIS IS THE YEAR.After the Phillies lost both Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre to free agency, the roles of “starting center fielder” and “speed guy with zero power” were both left vacant. In steps Revere. I love this acquisition for Philadelphia. Jimmy Rollins serves as the team’s dynamic leadoff hitter, but Revere has phenomenal bat control (career 9.4% strikeout rate) and plenty of speed (74 steals last two seasons combined). Obviously it would be nice if his career ISO was higher than .044, but beggars can’t be choosers. All Philly had to cough up for Revere was a replaceable starting pitcher named Vance Worley.Revere knows he has no power, and he plays to his strength. For his career he’s hit ground balls on 67.7% of balls he’s put in play versus just 13.3% fly balls for a one-sided GB:FB ratio of 5.11. Since entering the league in 2010, that’s easily the highest rate for any player with a minimum of 1,00...
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