Whenever there is an injury to a player on the major league roster, there is a spiraling effect in the system. With Jean Segura recently put on the 15-day disabled list for the Milwaukee Brewers, Luis Sardinas was called-up to fill in. This move had an effect on the whole organization. In Sardinas’ place in AAA, the Brewers have promoted middle infielder, Yadiel Rivera to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
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Once known mainly for his defense, which is widely viewed as the best in the entire system, Rivera’s bat has improved with each season. Splitting last season between High A Brevard County and AA Huntsville last season, he batted a combined .258 with five home runs and 10 steals. Though he is just a career .246 hitter things have been looking up for the 23-year-old prospect.
Rivera was off to an excellent start with the AA Biloxi Shuckers this season. After hitting .322, Rivera ranks second in the organization in batting average behind former teammate, Orlando Arcia. This average was also strong enough for eighth in the Southern League.
The organization is loaded with shortstop prospects and having a player like Rivera who is ready to move up proves how strong the system is at the position. He is hit all year and their is not reason to expect a major dropoff in AAA. Much of the attention for Brewers’ prospects is centered around Arica, but Rivera’s fast start is showing that he deserves some attention as well. Sardinas was a great piece for the Sky Sox, but when they plug Rivera into the lineup for these next few weeks, they will not miss a beat.
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