Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Revere named Co-Rookie of the Month

Earlier this year when Ron Gardenhire was forced to send Ben Revere back to AAA, he made it known that he felt Revere should still be with the team and that the young outfielder had a lot to offer the 2011 version of the Twins. Gardy was right about the return of Revere and the speedster has been one of the core players in the middle of the Twins revival during the month of June.

On Tuesday, Revere was honored for his performance during the past month. Revere and Jemile Weeks of the Oakland Athletics were named Co-Rookie of the Month for the American League. The Revere/Casilla combo at the top of the Twins line-up helped the Twins to a 17-9 record during the month of June.

Revere's Stats Summary (June)
BA: .294
OBP: .333
R: 14
DBL: 4
SB: 7

Revere has also shown tremendous range during his time in the outfield. There have been numerous sprawling catches that Revere has been able to haul in for the out. The biggest defensive concern for Revere was his arm. The infielders might have to go a little deeper for a cut off throw but his arm has not been as much of a problem as some fans anticipated it being. In games this weekend, Revere was able to throw a few darts from deep in left center field to second base. A sign of good things from Mr. Revere.

As players start to work their way back from the disabled list, it will be interesting to see how the Twins utilize the skill set of Revere. The first time Gardy sent Revere down was tough enough and it will probably be too hard to do that again. Revere can give the Twins a speedy option off of the bench and he can give the regular outfielders days of rest during the week. This would get him into the game around four to five times a week.

The time for making a decision about Revere's role is still a few weeks away. For now congratulations are in order for Revere, one of the best rookies in the American League.

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