with Steve Moss, WKYT-TV Executive Sports Producer
Q and A
with Twins’ Prospect Ben Revere
Ben Revere was a standout baseball and football player at Lexington Catholic. He helped lead the Knights to state titles in both sports and was later crowned Kentucky’s Mr. Baseball.
After being drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft by Minnesota, Revere reported to the Twins’ Gulf Coast League team in Ft. Meyers, where he was named a post-season All-Star.
Revere currently plays for the Beloit (Wisc.) Snappers, Minnesota’s class A Midwest League team. Revere was named to the league’s All-Star squad in June.
SM: You currently lead all professional baseball players, at any level, with a .401 batting average. Have you been surprised by the success you’ve had so early in your career?
BR: I really want to do well, of course. I want to keep moving up. In this league, it’s really hard to hit and coming in here it’s been really tough. I never thought I’d do this well. It’s been a blessing. It’s been one of the best times of my life. I just want to put the ball in to play. I’m just hitting balls up the middle, opposite field and just hitting ‘em where they ain’t.
SM: Did you have a “welcome to professional baseball” moment?
BR: It was my first day that I went to Beloit. I was in Ft. Meyer, where it was 85 degrees. Just beautiful weather. I got called up and when I got to Beloit, it was 25, plus the wind chill. I just said, “you’ve got to be joking.” Then that day, I went 0’fer, with two strikeouts.
SM: You’re an outfielder, playing in the Twins organization. Because you’re only 5-foot-9, I’m sure you’ve heard people comparing you to Kirby Puckett.
BR: Oh, yeah. When I first got in, they compared me to Kirby Puckett because of my size and the way I play the game. Being compared to a Hall of Famer is really special. I never thought I’d be compared to Kirby Puckett. If I can be like Kirby Puckett, it would be the best feeling. Hopefully I can do just like he did and lead the Twins to a World Series.
SM: When you first started playing minor league ball, did you ever think it would be such a grind?
BR: It’s really tough. I’m going to be away from home for seven months. I’m going to be playing every single day. Baseball is a really tough sport because it wears and tears on your body. You have to stay healthy and get your rest.