Yadiel Rivera was the first Biloxi Shucker to be promoted to AAA Colorado Springs. With the Shuckers season set to end after tomorrow’s championship and with an opening in the infield on the Milwaukee Brewers’ roster, Rivera should be the Brewers’ next September call-up.
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Known mainly for his outstanding defense in the middle infield, Rivera has put up great numbers this year in Biloxi. Hitting atop the order with teammate Orlando Arcia, Rivera batted .277 in 52 games and was a spark in the Shuckers’ lineup.
Being in the same infield with Arcia, he gave the Shuckers not only the best group of defenders in the field, but also two legitimate threats at the plate as well. In his six minor league seasons, Rivera has a .244 batting average with a career .649 OPS. While these numbers are not at all eye-popping, he has seemingly gotten better at the plate with each season.
Though he struggled a bit in after his mid-season promotion to AAA and was eventually sent back to Biloxi, the 23-year-old middle infielder looks to have a bright future in Milwaukee. Already on the 40-man roster, this is a great time to see Rivera start his career in Milwaukee. By coming up, Rivera could not only see some time at third, but he could also be a right handed option in the place of Scooter Gennett at second against left handed pitchers and a bat and glove that could give Jean Segura a breather at shortstop.
Currently Rivera is ranked as the 18th best prospect in the Brewers’ system, but he has the tools to really shine in the major leagues. With the ability to play all around the infield, at worst Rivera looks to be a big time utility man in the future in Milwaukee. At-bats are now available for Rivera and the Brewers would be foolish to not give him a shot over these final weeks.