Is Ben Revere on His Way to Earning a Starting Job?

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Updated: March 10, 2017

Disclaimer: This article comes with a Spring Training Small Sample Size caveat; all opinions are subject to change once the games actually count.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about left field. The Angels have consistently gotten little to no production from that position for years now, and addressed it this season by adding Cameron Maybin to start and Ben Revere to back him up. We all know plenty about Maybin’s injury history, so we all assumed that Revere would end up playing more than a normal backup, but this Spring Revere may be forcing the issue even more with his performance.

Revere has been on fire all Spring long, and after notching two more hits today, his batting average sits at a robust .526, while his OPS is at a ridiculous 1.204. Obviously, Revere is not going to put up numbers this good for long, and he’ll fall back to his career norms soon. His career norms would be a huge improvement over his dismal season last year, and if he hits those numbers he could be one of the biggest bargains of the offseason. He’s also stolen three bases, and is showing off exactly what he can bring to this team. His on base ability and speed will be huge additions to this team.

Regardless of whether Revere wins the starting job or not, he’s showing what he can bring to this team, and it’s a welcome sight. His ability to get on base and wreak havoc on the base paths is something that Angels fans will be happy to see, and he fits in well with what manager Mike Scioscia loves to do. Maybin is also not helping himself out, as he’s missed multiple games with injury and has yet to get his first hit of the spring. Eventually, Maybin will lock up the starting job if he stays healthy, but Revere injects a lot of what this team has been missing lately, and he is going to be extremely valuable to this team.

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