As much as Ben Revere hasn’t gotten off to the start in Philadelphia that we had all hoped for, it appears thus far that Revere has worked out for the Phillies much more than Vance Worley has for the Twins. Worley was optioned to Triple-A by the Twins yesterday, after having posted a 1-5 record for the Twins thus far, with a 7.21 ERA, while oppnenets were hitting at a .381 clip against him.
So things haven’t exactly gone perfect for Vance Worley, in fact 2013 has been a complete disaster, but this issue is that Ben Revere has been mediocre at best so far for the Phillies, so there is a debate to be had. Revere, until about two weeks ago, was struggling to even hit the ball out of the infield, and looked like a far cry from the guy who hit .294 in Minnesota last year. Revere has also been inconsistent in the field, because of how shallow he seems to play in center. While him playing shallow has led to some incredible over the shoulder catches, it has led to a lot more dropped balls and balls hit over his head. Even all the negatives taken into account, Revere is hitting at a .257 clip now, and is beginning to turn his season around. Worley on the other hand is headed to Triple-A, and has plummeted from being the opening day starter just a couple months ago. But the fact that Worley is still only 25 and was the Twins opening day starter, leaves this debate open.
To this point, there is no question that the Phillies got the better end of the Worley-Revere deal, but I do see Vance Worley getting back to the MLB level and putting together a solid career. While this year may be a lost cause, the Twins need pitching and are invested into Worley because they gave up Revere to get him. Not to mention the Twins also picked up RHP Trevor May from the Phillies in the deal, and while May has posted an ERA of 3.91 at the Double-A level this season, he has good stuff and wasn’t a top prospect by accident.
So the door is still open for the Twins to win the trade. Regardless of what happens in Minnesota if Ben Revere, who is still only 25, can become a consistent .290 or .300 hitter, then I feel like the Phillies got what they needed out of the deal. They have enough young pitching as Tyler Cloyd and Jon Pettibone have shown, but they needed a speedy, top of the lineup guy, and Revere needs to become that guy. And recently he has given indications he may just do that.