When the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Ben Revere two years ago, a reporter asked then manager Charlie Manuel what he thought of the addition.
Manuel paused and mentioned that he thought Revere would be a good fourth outfielder. Obviously, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had other ideas. Revere was either given the everyday center-fielder’s job or ordered by management to have it given to him.
Something happened to change Manuel’s mind, or at least someone told Manuel to change his mind.
Now Revere is the Phillies’ starting center fielder and, at the same time, he has proven Manuel to be right. As a starting center fielder, the best thing you can say about Revere is that he’s a good fourth outfielder. If Revere has proven anything in over a month of play, it is that he’s not an everyday ball player.
He has a popgun arm and takes bad routes on fly balls. A decent CF should have a good arm and get good jumps, at a minimum. Advance scouts routinely recommend their organization’s runners take advantage of Revere’s arm and they do with alarming success.
Fortunately, the Phillies have another option in Tony Gwynn Jr. In the seven games Gwynn has started, the Phillies are 6-1. That cannot be a coincidence. Gwynn is a better defensive outfielder than Revere with a better arm and a better on-base percentage.
In 118 plate appearances, Revere has a total of two walks. That is not a good statistic for a lead-off hitter. He has a .278 average and a .291 OBP. These numbers are killing any chance the Phillies have of table-setting a big inning and, for that, Revere should be at the little boys’ table, watching from the bench. He does not belong with the big boys.