It will take another week or so for Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere to qualify for as one of the major league batting leaders, but when he does, he'll likely start near the top.
Revere's .329 average ranks second among all American League hitters behind the .346 of the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, though Revere wasn't averaging the requisite 3.1 plate appearances for an entire season of games.
Barring injury, he'll get there. He extended his career-high hitting streak to 21 games in his first at-bat Tuesday during the Twins' 7-5 victory over the Indians at Cleveland. Though he finished 1-for-4, he drove in one run and scored another for what has been baseball's best offense since the All-Star break.
The streak is the longest for a Twins player since Torii Hunter hit in 23 straight games April 11-May 9, 2007.
"I'm aware of it, but a streak is a streak," the outfielder said before the game. "I'm just going out there and having fun no matter what happens. It's a blessing just to get this far up here; I never thought I'd have a streak like that in the big leagues right now. It's been a fun ride. Hopefully I can keep it going."
Ken Landreaux holds the Twins record with a 31-game hitting streak in 1980, and Revere appears to have a chance of matching it. Not only is he swinging the bat well, but he has a proclivity for reaching safely even when he doesn't. In Monday's 14-3 victory over the Indians, during which he went 4-for-5, Revere reached after check-swinging a pitch right at third baseman Jose Lopez.
Those are the kind of at-bats, manager Ron Gardenhire said, that can turn a hitless game into a 1-for-4.
"Eventually we'd like to see him take some pitches," Gardenhire said, "but I don't know if that's in his nature because he's an aggressive hitter. So we'll see."
Revere has walked only 14 times in 74 games yet still ranks third on the team with a .361 on-base percentage, behind Joe Mauer (.415) and Josh Willingham (.397) but ahead of leadoff hitter Denard Span (.350). Mauer and Willingham each have 60 walks, Span 40.
"I might swing at a bad pitch nine of 10 times," Revere said, "but sometimes I'll find a hit; most of the time, though, I'll take it. Lately guys have been challenging me, and I want to challenge them right back."