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Twins option outfielder Ben Revere to Triple-A Rochester

Apr 14, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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As speculated earlier this afternoon, the Twins just announced that outfielder Ben Revere has been optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Clete Thomas, who was claimed off waivers from the Tigers today, will take his place on the active roster.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as Revere was essentially being wasted on the Twins’ bench. While the 23-year-old opened spring training as the projected starter in right field, the Twins were forced to call an audible after Justin Morneau declared that he would prefer to be a designated hitter. This made Chris Parmelee the starting first baseman and Ryan Doumit the primary right fielder. As a result, Revere logged just 11 at-bats over the first eight games of the season.

Chances are we’ll see Revere again on the big league level pretty soon. Morneau could eventually feel well enough to play first base again and Doumit isn’t exactly an iron man.

  1. durno99 - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    dumb move!!!!!! This kid is twice the player Clete is!!! Make it work!!!!!

    • Tim OShenko - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Nonsense. Revere has only two things going for him: he’s fast and is an above average fielder. However, he can’t hit and he can’t throw. As long as Clete can stay healthy, he’ll be at least as valuable as Revere.

      Given time, if he works at it, Revere could improve his plate discipline, maybe build up enough arm strength to be a viable option in the outfield. But he has a much better chance of doing so as an everyday player in the minors, instead of riding the pine as a 4th or 5th outfielder.

    • spudatx - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Revere is a great kid and fun to watch in the field, but this is a good move for everyone. It gives Thomas a legit chance to get some regular playing time and contribute meaningfully to a team. For Revere, this is an opportunity to work on his batting to get it where it needs to be. … For Gardy, maybe it’ll bring him another win or two and keep that blood pressure down.

  2. nikesparq - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Revere is one of the biggest fan favorites on the team, this won’t sit well with the fan base.

    Hopefully Clete turns out to be worth it and a productive player to help turn the team around.

  3. mikeincmn - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Revere is better than Thomas, but really in the end Revere is better off playing in AAA for awhile.

    In the end, this really means nothing to the team, this team isn’t gonna continue to lose games because Revere is in minors, its because our starting staff sucks and our middle relief is pretty blah as well.

  4. sometogethernow - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Revere was actually slated to be the Twins’ left fielder, a position where his arm would be less exposed. A big reason he lost playing time is that Willingham ended up uncomfortable with switching to right field, and/or the team ended up not liking him there. That meant that RF was the open position and Revere’s arm was too big an issue to put him there every day.

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