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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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Prospect Report: Maikel Franco

Lakewood 3B Maikel Franco. (Photo by Dave Schofield, Lakewood BlueClaws)

Position: Third base
Age: 20
Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect (10th according to BaseballAmerica.com)
Team: 
Lakewood (Single-A).
2012 Minor League Stats

Season in Review: Maikel Franco wasn’t on a lot of people’s radars this year despite being ranked in the Phillies top 10 prospects list. But the Dominican Republican native made a name for himself in Lakewood and could find himself headed to Clearwater and soon Reading in 2013.

The 20-year-old undrafted free agent of 2010 was twice featured in TTB’s own Chris Bengel’s “Down on the Farm” segment this season, once in April and again in July, for good play. The interesting thing about both those posts was that Franco was batting in the low .200′s.

By July 9, Franco was at a .237, but began a hot tear that continued for the rest of the season. His average shot all the way up to .280 at season’s end, hitting a team-hight 14 home runs and driving in a team high 84 runs through 132 games.\

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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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Pig Report: Tyler Cloyd

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Position: Starting pitcher
Age: 25
Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect.
2012 Major League Stats: 6 starts, 2-2, 4.91 ERA, 33 IP, 30 K.
2012 Minor League Stats: (Reading & Lehigh) 26 starts, 15-1, 2.26 ERA, 167 IP, 113 K.

Season in Review: Tyler Cloyd is one of the most interesting pitching prospects to come up through the Phillies system in quite some time. Cloyd absolutely dismantled Double-A and Triple-A hitting for 26 games, posting an astounding 15-1 record and 2.26 ERA.

But when the 25-year-old righty got up to the Majors, he struggled greatly against far superior batters, and that all falls back on the velocity of his fastball.

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Pig Report: Domonic Brown

RF Domonic Brown. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Position: Starting right fielder
Age: 25
Prospect Level: Major League ready.
2012 Major League Stats: 56 G, .235 AVG, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, .712 OPS
2012 Minor League Stats: 60 G, .286 AVG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, .767 OPS

Season in Review: Domonic Brown is Major League ready. But he’s still a question mark in terms of how much of an impact he will have in right field for the Phillies.

Brown has survived three trade rumors, a barrage of knee and hand injuries and a myriad of doubt to cement himself a spot on the Opening Day starting lineup in 2013. But let’s look at Brown’s 2012 season to decipher why fans should be content with what Brown is.

First off, Brown isn’t what he was advertised to be. He won’t be a 30-plus, 100-RBI guy everyone was hoping he’d be. He may still be, but he’s probably not going to be. Instead he’s going to be a guy the Phillies are going to rely on to get on base, take bases with his legs and score runs. Brown can very easily do that.

Brown’s season started off on the wrong foot again. In 2011, Brown broke the hamate bone in his hand, halting his chances at making the Phillies then. But in 2012, Brown jammed his thumb on a diving play and had minor neck problems, causing him to again start in Triple A where he would work on playing in left field.

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