Thursday, January 12, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #40 Kevin Rivera

Kevin Rivera, 2B.  DOB:  6/12/1996.  B-S, T-R.  5'11", 170 lbs.  Drafted in 2014 Round 14, HS, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, PR.

2016 SS:  .320/.352/.435, 14 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 4 SB, 4.1 BB%, 17.5 K%, 268 PA.

Here's another nice sleeper in the Giants system.  Rivera struggled in his pro debut in rookie ball out of the draft.  He improved to hit .298 for the Arizona League Giants in 2015.  The Giants were cautious and kept him in instructionals then short season Salem-Keizer in 2016.  Rivera had a tremendous summer in the Northwest.  He's got fairly average tools across the board and limited projection in the body, but he's got a short, quick bat to the ball and doesn't hurt you in any aspect of his game.  There is some pre-draft video of him on Perfect Game.

I'd like to see Rivera in Augusta next spring where I think he may surprise with how well he performs.

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