Former Midwest League MVP traded to Nationals

Ben Revere

Ben Revere at Wrigley Field in July 2015 (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Washington Nationals acquired centerfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Drew Storen and cash considerations.

Revere was named the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year in 2008, when he batted .379 with 1 HR, 43 RBI and 44 SB in 83 games with the Beloit Snappers. He split the 2015 season between the Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, cumulatively batting .306 with 2 HR, 45 RBI and 31 SB in 152 games. He collected 181 hits, three less than the National League-leading amount he had in 2014.

Storen had a stellar first half in 2015, but tanked after the Nationals removed him from the closer’s role following their acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon. Overall he went 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA, 29 saves, 67 strikeouts and 16 walks in 55 innings (58 games). In 2014 he went 2-1 with a 1.12 ERA, 11 saves, 46 strikeouts and 11 walks in 56.1 innings (65 games).

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