Could Revere and Maybin Be The Best Platoon in Baseball?

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Updated: February 17, 2017

Both outfielders Ben Revere and Cameron Maybin were acquired over the off-season. Left field will be full of competition this spring. Could Maybin and Revere end up as a platoon to start 2017?

After a strong performance with the Detroit Tigers, the Halos wasted little time. In November the Angels acquired Cameron Maybin. He’s signed through the 2017 season, and is coming off a solid offensive season. Hitting .315 with four home runs and 43 RBI in 94 games in 2016.

The Halos signed outfielder Ben Revere in December to a one-year $4 million deal. Opposite of Maybin, Revere is coming off a career worst year. He hit .217 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 103 games with the Washington Nationals.

Both Revere (28), and Maybin (29) are older veterans in the Major Leagues. Possibly a fourth or fifth outfielder on a contending organization. They have a chance to re-establish and re-prove himself as starters in the MLB. Maybin looking to add onto his strong 2016, and Revere is trying to rebound from his bad year.

Together they could form one of the strongest platoons in baseball. It’s hard to see either guy as a solid option for 162 games. They could be solid platoon options for each other, and good players to have at the top of the batting order. It wouldn’t be a normal platoon though, like many baseball fans would imagine.

Revere actually hits better against left-handed pitching than right-handed. Maybin hits right-handed pitchers much better than left. Therefore Revere would play against lefties, and Maybin hits against righty starters. It would be an odd platoon, but one that has a good chance of being successful. Angels fans should prepare to see one of the most interesting seasons in left field, and possibly one of the best platoons in baseball.

 

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