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Rey Rivera

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Rey Rivera
Name: Reynaldo Rivera
Born: Jun 14, 1997 in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Junior College: Chipola (Fla.) JC
High School: International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R.
Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 250 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (57th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2017 (signed for $850,000)
A 24th round pick of the Cubs in 2016, Rivera chose to return to Chipola for his sophomore season. That decision paid off, and he's likely to be selected higher in 2017. After batting .397/.479/.647 as a freshman, Rivera batted .439/.541/.835 as a sophomore. Scouts are enthusiastic about his offensive profile. Rivera has plus raw power and feel for hitting. Scouts expect him to become more of a power threat at the next level as he sacrifices some of his contact ability to tap into more of his raw power. He's played mostly first base as an amateur, but he has a plus arm and runs well enough to potentially handle a corner outfield spot. His arm was good enough that he was also considered a draft prospect as a pitcher out of high school. Rivera got particularly hot in the second half of the season, batting .561 and swatting 11 home runs in his last 30 games before the NJCAA World Series. He could be selected in the top five rounds.
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