Rivera was a key contributor in Florida's College World Series run in 2023, with solid tools across the board helping him move steadily up Draft boards this spring. Rivera's college production in his first two seasons was impacted by the pandemic and injury. In 2023 he's been a able to show what he can do. Rivera has a strong, selective approach at the plate that has led to a higher walk rate 18 BB%, than strikeout rate 14 K%. He hit .348/.447/.617 in 2023 with 19 home runs. Defensively, while not the quickest, Rivera has good defensive actions that give him a good chance to stick at shortstop. Rivera does everything pretty well and should be a top 100 pick in July.
A senior - so you can expect some savings - with a high floor. You're probably not banking on a first-division regular, but if you can get a utility player with a little bit of pop while stretching the bonus pool a little bit, that's a win.
Draft tandem JD Cameron and Jeremy Nygaard team up for a new podcast to discuss prospects on their way to the Big Leagues. In this episode, we cover recent promotions, do a rapid-fire round up on 2023 draftees and answer listener questions.
With the trade deadline getting the bulk of the attention last week and the Cubs excellent play at the highest level, it would be hard to blame anyone for missing the action down on the farm, but some pretty good things happened,
There are more traditional, more readily digestible ways to do it, but the Chicago Cubs have found what they think is the most effective way to extract value from the convoluted exercise that is the MLB Draft. On Day Two of the 2023 Draft, that came into especially clear focus.