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Alfonso Rivas

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Alfonso Rivas
Name: Alfonso Rivas
Born: Sep 3, 1996 in Chula Vista, CA
College: Arizona
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 188 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 4th round (113th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2018 (signed for $446,500)
Observers have no doubt that Rivas will hit, with most evaluators putting a plus future grade on the hit tool. He followed a strong 2017 season--when he was a first team all-Pac 12 player and second team All-American--by getting himself into better shape and this year has been the anchor in the Wildcats lineup. Rivas is a lefthanded hitter with outstanding makeup. He has excellent knowledge of the strike zone and a short swing, giving him the ability to handle offspeed pitches and regularly hit the ball to the opposite field. The biggest question is whether Rivas will develop enough power to profile at either first base, which is his best defensive position, or a corner outfield spot. He doesn't project to add much more strength to his frame, but he currently has average raw power. In games, he shows more doubles power than over-the-fence pop. Rivas played right field during his sophomore year in deference to J.J. Matijevic before moving to first base this spring. He's an above-average defender at first base with above-average hands. While he feels comfortable in the outfield and flashes an above-average arm, Rivas is a below-average runner and doesn't profile well, defensively, as an outfielder. His pure bat-to-ball skills should get Rivas drafted early on day two.
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