Former Catholic star makes it to the majors

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins will add some outfield depth Sunday when prospect Ben Revere joins the club.

Revere's season had appeared to be finished Aug. 3 when he was hit by a pitch near his right eye, causing a fracture in the orbital bone. But the 22-year-old outfielder healed faster than expected, returning to Double-A New Britain on Aug. 27 and getting right back into an offensive groove.

And now Revere is going to be bringing his speed, versatility and his well-known smile to the Majors.

Manager Ron Gardenhire announced after Saturday's 12-4 win over Texas that Minnesota had selected Revere's contract. To make room for Revere on the 40-man roster, the Twins will have to make a corresponding roster move before Sunday's game.

"He'll come in off the bench, as a fifth outfielder, pinch-runner, all of the above," Gardenhire said.

Minnesota's first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and one of the club's top prospects, Revere has twice been selected as the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year -- both in 2008 and '09.

Since returning to the Rock Cats' lineup on Aug. 27, Revere has gone 13-for-34 at the plate. He is hitting .305 with 36 stolen bases in 94 games for the Rock Cats this season and holds a career .328 batting average with 146 stolen bases in the Minor Leagues.

Before Saturday's game, Gardenhire had expressed his need for help in the outfield.

"I need protection in the outfield," Gardenhire said. "I think we've seen that enough already, especially as you're going along in the game just like the other night when I end up putting a DH in the game as an outfielder. We don't need that. We should have another player and it shouldn't be an infielder, in a playoff race."

Revere spent most of Spring Training with the club in big league camp and he left a strong impression on the coaching staff. An impression that led to this callup for Revere and an opportunity for him to help out in a pennant race.

"Liked him immediately," Gardenhire said. "How can you not like him? He's got that smile and he comes to play every day. He can do a lot of things. He's working really hard. He took a big shot in the face this year. He's bounced back from that and came back swinging. There's not too much not to like about this young man."

Revere helped lead Lexington Catholic to a state baseball championship and was named Kentucky's Mr. Baseball in 2007.

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