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Mike Rivera

#34 | C | IndiansCLE
Lynchburg Hillcats Lynchburg Hillcats
Mike Rivera
Name: Michael William Rivera
Born: Dec 12, 1995 in Venice, FL
College: Florida
High School: Venice (Fla.) HS
Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 6th round (192nd overall) by the Cleveland Indians in 2017 (signed for $200,000)
A prep and college teammate of Gators shortstop Dalton Guthrie, Rivera has the catch-and-throw skills and leadership to earn spots on two USA Baseball clubs, both as a prep and last summer with the Collegiate National Team. His bat (he hit 2-for-22 last summer) isn't what got him there. The strong 5-foot-10, 205-pounder could firm up his frame a bit but has the flexibility and low target to be a solid blocker and receiver. He has a solid-average arm as well with a quick transfer and strong accuracy, helping him throw out 50 percent of basestealers over the last two seasons. Offensively, he fits a backup catcher profile with modest bat-to-ball skills but with enough power to hit out mistakes and a solid idea of the strike zone. Rivera had missed the second half of 2017 with a left hamate injury but returned at the SEC tournament. He's seen as at least a strong organizational player with a chance to be a backup catcher.
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