In what we can only assume will be a weekly occurrence from now on, the Minnesota Twins shipped out another center fielder to a contending National League East team on Thursday for young pitching.
In return for Revere, the Phillies sent the Twins two young pitchers: Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Vance Worley is a 25-year-old right-handed pitcher whose nickname is "The Vanimal." Worley has only had two full years in the big leagues. In his rookie year in 2011, he went 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA to finish third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.
2012 was not quite as successful for Vance Worley. In 23 starts he went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA. For his career, he posts a record of 18-13 with a 3.50 ERA. Worley was the fourth man in the rotation for the Phillies behind the big three of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.
Trevor May is a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher who is still in the minor league system.
He played all of 2012 in Double-A with the Reading Phillies, where he went 10-13 with an ERA of 4.87. Prior to 2012, Baseball America ranked May as the Phillies' top pitching prospect and No. 69 throughout the entirety of baseball.
When Denard Span was traded last week, it looked like the center field baton was passed to Ben Revere—now with Revere’s departure, it looks like the job is Aaron Hicks’ to lose. He spent all of last season with the Twins' Double-A affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats.
Who would have you preferred being the Twins center fielder in 2013?
In 2012 Hicks hit an average of .286, with 61 RBI, 13 home runs and 32 steals. It appears Hicks is improving and will be capable of the jump from Double-A to the majors; a jump that is becoming more and more popular.
Baseball is a very unpredictable game. Not too many saw the trade of Ben Revere coming. The Twins got what everyone points out to be their biggest downfall in return: pitching. Keep alert, who knows what will happen next.