Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Casper Wells Drives in Five as Mariners Go 10-1; Ben Revere Should Fill Center Field Void for Phillies

Players of the Day for Monday, March 4, 2013

Grapefruit League

Ben Revere
With Shane Victorino headed to Boston, the Philadelphia Phillies need somebody to patrol center field this season and the most likely candidate would have to be Ben Revere, whom the Phillies acquired from Minnesota following the 2012 season.

Revere has blazing speed, swiping 40 bases for the Twins last season while being caught just nine times. He was off and running in Philly's 5-0 shutout win over the Pirates Monday, his third steal of the preseason.

Batting from the leadoff spot, Revere stroked a pair of singles, scored one run and drove in another as the Phillies breezed to the win, starter John Lannan allowing the only Pittsburgh hit of the game in three innings of work. Three relievers finished up with six innings of hitless ball as the Phillies evened their record at 5-5.

Cactus League

Wells: 3-4, 5 RBI
Seattle continues to club the opposition to death in the Cactus League, smashing Colorado by a 16-6 score on Monday to improve to 10-1 in exhibition play.

Outfielder Casper Wells, who is likely to stick with the big club after playing 93 games for the Mariners in 2012, went 3-for-4 with a single, double and a triple, driving in five runs and scoring three times.

Wells batted just .228 in 2012, but has shown flashes of potential, socking ten homers and driving in 36 runs.

With an outfield that includes sure-fire center fielder, Franklin Gutierrez, Wells is likely to be looking for playing time in between more experienced types such as Raul Ibanez, Michael Morse, Jayson Bay and slugging Carlos Peguero.

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