Spring training is just around the corner and few players are as excited to get started as Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere. His first season with the club was cut short when he fouled a pitch off his foot in mid-July. Revere suffered a fracture in his right foot that required surgery which included the placement of two screws. Unfortunately for the Phillies, Revere was on fire when he went down.
Revere got out to a bumpy start with the Phillies but caught fire and was on pace to hit over .300 on the season. He hit only .200 in his first month with the team and found himself on the bench a few times. The Philadelphia press and passionate fans let him hear it, and the pressure got to the young outfielder. Revere was expected to come in, be the starting center fielder, take over the leadoff spot for Jimmy Rollins and supply a spark with his speed. That’s a lot to handle for the youngest starter on the team.
Charlie Manuel handled the situation well, moving him out of the top spot in the order and sitting him down to let him find his stroke. Soon enough, Revere took off and was a man on a mission. He hit .312 in the month of May, .354 in June and .388 through 11 games in July before getting injured.
Revere was in the midst of a 10-game hit streak and recorded a hit in 14 of his last 15 games when he fractured his foot. During his 10-game streak, he compiled seven multi-hit games, six RBI, two stolen bases, two doubles, a triple, scored five runs, totaled 19 hits and only struck out three times.
Healthy and hungry to prove himself, Revere is ready to go. Expect him to be much more comfortable this year and get out to a quick start. Now he has friends in the clubhouse, knows what to expect from the fans and media and should be as well rested as anyone.
There is still work to be done this spring for Revere. He had his struggles in the field last season and could use a bit more patience at the plate. Batting .300 will make up for that, but it would still be nice to see him draw a few more walks this season. He is dangerous on the base paths, and if the Phillies are going to be successful they will need him to get on base as often as possible. Everyone knows Ryan Howard is going to strikeout a lot, but he will still knock in runs if he can stay healthy. He may not hit as many home runs as he did in his prime, but he will still get runs across the plate and will rely on Revere to be on base.
Speaking of home runs, Revere has still yet to hit his first Major League home run, but a full season of play in Citizens Bank Park and added confidence should take care of that. Revere should be an exciting and electrifying player for the Phillies this season regardless of how the rest of the team performs.