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Evaluating the Ben Revere Trade

(Photo via SI.com)

(Photo via SI.com)

Charlie Manuel wanted a centerfielder who can catch and cover ground, naming Michael Bourn as his first example.

Ruben Amaro got his manager the next best thing, and at a much cheaper price than the supposed $18 million a year Bourn wants.

The Phillies acquired 24-year-old centerfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Vance Worley and top pitching prospect Trevor May.

The trade sent shock waves through the fanbase. “Why would we give up Worley?” “Isn’t May a good prospect?” “Who the hell is Ben Revere? Didn’t he ride a horse?”

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Phillies Acquire OF Ben Revere From Twins; Trade Vance Worley, Trevor May

OF Ben Revere. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OF Ben Revere. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

UPDATE – According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins.

In the deal, the Phillies will be sending starting pitcher Vance Worley and top pitching prospect Trevor May to the Twins. Revere will now be the Phillies starting centerfielder.

Worley went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 23 starts for the Phillies in a 2012 season that was cut short due to elbow problems. On the other hand, May posted a 10-13 mark with a 4.87 ERA in 28 starts.

Zolecki also tweeted the Phillies are looking to acquire a veteran starting pitcher to fill the hole vacated by Worley.

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According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Phillies are talking to the Minnesota Twins about a possible trade involving outfielder Ben Revere.

Heyman also mentions that the Twins are interested in pitching which is something that the Phillies clearly possess. He mentions Vance Worley as a possibility if a deal happens.

The Phillies are in dire need of a centerfielder and Revere would be a nice fit. In 2012, Revere hit .294 with 32 RBIs and had 40 stolen bases in 124 games for the Twins.

Revere covers a lot of ground in centerfield which is something that the Phillies covet. The 24-year old would provide an instant boost to the top of the lineup and would be a welcome addition.

Prospect Report: Jesse Biddle

Threshers LHP Jesse Biddle (Photo by Bryan Greene/Flickr)

Position: Starting pitcher
Age: 21
Prospect Level: Top prospect (2nd according to BaseballAmerica.com)
Team: 
Clearwater (Single-A+)
2012 Minor League Stats: 26 starts, 10-6, 3.22 ERA, 142.2 IP, 151 K.

Season in Review: Local product and former first round pick Jesse Biddle began his first season at Class A Clearwater with lofty expectations.

Biddle had a very good 2012 season as he had his highest win total in his Phillies career with 10. The Germantown Friends product tossed his first complete game in nearly two years.

The Threshers left-hander tossed seven no-hit innings against Brevard County on Aug. 17. Biddle also struck out 12 batters in that contest.

In 2012, Biddle shaved down his walks total and struck out 27 more batters in only a few more innings than in 2011 with the Lakewood Blue Claws.

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Down On the Pharm: A month into the season

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
Record: 13-10 (3rd in North Division)
How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 2-4 this past week and lost two of three games against Buffalo and Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Dave Bush and Raul Valdes picked up wins in those respective games. Catcher Erik Kratz hit his first two home runs of the season this week.
Featured Prospect Watch – 1B Cody Overbeck:  Overbeck has been one of the best players for the IronPigs in 2012. For the season, he is hitting .304 with a home run and 12 RBIs. Over the past week, Overbeck hit .333 with a pair of RBIs including multi-hit games against Buffalo and Scranton-Wilkes Barre. This is his first full season in AAA and he is off to a great start.

Hunter Pence Watch

Astros' OF Hunter Pence

The Astros have a gem left on their league-worst team in Hunter Pence. Much like last year with Roy Oswalt, the Phils are looking to take Pence off the hands of Ed Wade and Astros.

Pence is hitting above .300 for the first time in his career and is on pace for another 20-25 homer season and 85-95 RBI season. With numbers like that, Pence, who is 28 and still rising to his peak, is the perfect long-term answer for a RH bat in the outfield.

Like the Halladay post two years ago, this may get updated 10 times before the deal is final. Buckle up your seat belts, it’s going to be a helluva ride.

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BMac: Phillies Prospects Poster: Get Yours Today!

Brian McCollum is an administrator at TTB as well as running his own Phillies blog, “Holly KK! It’s the Phils.” Featured today is a post and some PhotoShop skills by McCollum on his blog that he is sharing with TTB.

This limited edition print features 3 Phillies prospects that could be future Phils in the near future. You can follow all three on twitter. On the left is (@Trevmay54) in the middle/center is (@JarredCosart) and on the left is (@JustinDeFratus). Under each player is their name. These pitchers could be the next group of prospects to strike it big in the majors!

I retract my earlier statement about “you can” follow these three on twitter. You SHOULD follow these three on twitter. While I am never one to tell people they have to follow someone… but these guys are cool prospects in the Phillies organization. Not only that, they interact with the fans on twitter. Moreover, they seem like very cool guys to meet in person. Now I’m not saying you have to make these three the next Lady GaGa, Dali Lama, or Oprah but at least give them a follow. They have the best job in the world: they get to play baseball for a living.

So without further adieu, I present the “Stockpile on Pattison” Poster:

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Friday Tweet-Off

Seeing as last week’s inaugural Tweet-off went well, I asked five more Phillies fans five new questions and got some great responses. Here they are:

Who will be the Phillies MVP off the bench this year and why?
@LONG_DRIVE: I think Dobbs. I think he’ll return to where he was at in ’08 and give them a big lift. Close second will be Francisco.

What will Roy Halladay’s first regular season box score look like?
@M_OMalley: 0 runs 0 hits 27 strike outs 0.00 ERA… oh and 0 walks. ; )

Can you describe how amazing Werth’s beard truly is?
@JWerthsBeard: There are so many things awesome about it, so it shall take some time… I’m so awesome b/c I make grown men cry, have more fans than the Nationals, & would’ve been able to stop Sidney Crosby’s shot.

What prospect will have the biggest impact in the future for the Phils?
@j42justin of Red Pinstripes: Obvious pick: Dom Brown, 5-tool outfielder, top prospect. Sleeper: Trevor May, hard throwing right hander. 95k in 77.1 lowA

Who is your favorite Phillies beat writer and why?
@phillysniper76: I like Andy Martino (@phillieszone), He is very well connected with the team and he knows his stuff…Andy makes you feel like you are part of the team, the stats, the clubhouse stuff and the other in tangibles…I also like Meredith Morokovits, from the fanatic, for a woman she gets in there and gets the story. very reliable sources.

Random hits:

@ryanlawrence21 of Delco Times: You know how when you play at Wrigley the ball can get lost in the ivy? What are the odds a ball gets lost in @JWerthsBeard this year?

@The700Level: Beardface just had a brilliant idea for a fan group at CBP, “Werth’s Disciples.” Has anyone come up with that yet?

@TimothyMalcom after the 3-2 walk-off ST win against NYY: Phillies win game 7! Best of nine series now 4-3.

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