Hey SethSpeaks readers,
It’s mini_tb with what I think is an interesting discussion question regarding 2 popular topics lately: Denard Span and Ben Revere. You will have to keep reading to get to it.
The Atlanta Braves have Jose Constanza batting leadoff tonight as the season winds down toward the homestretch. Check out his batting line on milb.com.
- .312/.361/.351 for a .712 OPS, just 2 doubles, 4 triples and 1 HR in 333 ABs on the season with 23/31 stolen bases.
How does that compare to the Twins’ Ben Revere‘s 2010 season numbers? I picked his 2010 season because it is a larger sample than 2011 – and, frankly, better than 2011, so we’ll act like this is how he will hit in majors given a bit more seasoning.
- .305/.361/.363 for a .734 OPS, just 10 doubles for triples, and 1 HR in 361 at bats on the season with 36/49 stolen bases.
Both are 5’9″ left handed hitters. Constanza weighs in at 150 pounds. Revere is in at a “staggering” 170 pounds. I guess the higher weight class for Revere explains how he could possibly have more power than anyone else in organized baseball.
Oh yeah… One thing I left out is age. Constanza is 28 in a month. Revere just turned 23. That age difference is obviously a huge factor when labeling a player a prospect or a non-prospect.
Revere is still young. Of course there is still room for improvement. Look at Revere’s stats for 2010 again. That’s Denard Span’s 2011 line of .294/.361/.385 (.746 OPS) with less power, more steals, and better D when he gets more comfortable. And a noodle for an arm that brings back nightmares of Shannon Stewart… Revere is 1 year removed from putting up pretty Denard Span-like season in AAA. And about 4 1/2 years younger.
Here’s the discussion question(s):
- Are we overvaluing Span, or are we undervaluing Revere?
Maybe we are being too hard on Ben Revere. There’s got to be a Beevis and Butthead reference I could throw in here somewhere…