Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Revere caught stealing a record

The horrible season for the Twins has offered some positives for fans of the youth movement at Target Field. Ben Revere has seen significant playing time because of injuries to Denard Span and some of the other outfielders. All of this playing time has allowed Revere to get close to one of the Twins all-time rookie records for a season.

In 2001, the Twins had many young faces that composed the roster and one of those players was Luis Rivas. This youth movement in Minnesota would be the start of a magical run of division titles as the Twins played their way back to relevance in the American League. Rivas played in 153 games that season for the Twins as the starting second baseman.

Stat Summary Luis Rivas (2001): .266/.319/.362: 7 HR, 21 DBL, 43 RBI

This would be the best season that Rivas would compose in a Twins uniform and he was lucky enough to set one team record for rookies. During the course of the 2001 season, Rivas stole 31 bases to break the team rookie record that was held by Willie Norwood and Chuck Knoblach with 25 steals apiece. Norwood accomplished his feat in 1978 and Knoblach did it while playing his way to a World Series title in 1991.

The speed that Revere adds to the game is something that made it hard for Ron Gardenhire to send him down earlier in the season. When Revere gets on base, he is a threat to steal on any pitch from the opposing hurler. This has allowed Revere to sneak up the list of best rookie base stealers in Twins history.

Twins' Rookie Top Five: Stolen Bases
31   Luis Rivas...........................2001
26   Ben Revere........................2011
25   Willie Norwood...................1978
25   Chuck Knoblach...................1991
20   Marty Cordova....................1995

The interesting thing to note about the players on this list is the fact that each of them saw more playing time than Revere to get to their portion of the record.

Games/ Plate Appearances 
Luis Rivas: 153 G; 619 PA
Ben Revere: 101 G; 406 PA
Willie Norwood: 125 G; 471 PA
Chuck Knoblach: 151 G; 634 PA
Marty Cordova: 137 G; 579 PA

Revere's batting numbers on the season do not really jump off the page at anyone but he is only 23-years old. He also did not get a full season at the AAA level in 2011. He played all of the 2010 campaign with the New Britain Rock Cats and he got a taste of the big leagues to end the year. Fans that want to look on the bright side with Revere can say that this season was really his AAA year and he had to spend it learning the ropes at the major league level. 

Stat Summary Ben Revere (2011): .249/.295/.283: 5 DBL, 22 RBI, 48 R

The Twins have left much to be accomplished this season so seeing Revere slide his way into the rookie record book would be fun. His smile and energy have been a joy to watch this season. There might not be too many reasons to watch the Twins over the course of the next few weeks. Revere's hunt for the Twins' rookie record for steals is an exciting thing fans can keep an eye on as the season comes to a close.

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