We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
YADIEL RIVERA – SS/2B/3B
THE NUMBERS: Rivera appeared in just one regular season contest for the Brewers during the 2017 season, going 0-for-2 with one strikeout.
SEASON REVIEW: A member of Milwaukee’s 40-man roster coming into the season, Rivera hit .273 with a home run in 19 Cactus League games, then was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to begin the season. He played a variety of positions on the infield with the Sky Sox and when the Brewers had a need for a utility infielder in early July, they made the call for Rivera, bringing him up to the big league roster.
A skilled defender who has struggled at the plate in his limited big league action, Rivera appeared in just one game for the Brewers before being sent back down to Triple-A on July 18th. With the Brewers in need of a spot on their 40-man roster late in the year, they designated Rivera for assignment and after he went unclaimed, he was outrighted to Colorado Springs, where he finished out the remainder of the season with the Sky Sox.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Despite being up with the Brewers for nearly two weeks, there is only one game to choose from for Rivera as he spent the majority of his time riding the pines. He did get into Milwaukee’s July 6th game against the Cubs as the Brewers pounded Chicago 11-2. Rivera entered as a pinch-hitter for Ryan Braun, then stayed in the game to play third base and wound up going 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
OVERALL GRADE: Incomplete
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: The Brewers’ decision to remove Rivera from their 40-man roster late in the 2017 season certainly doesn’t bode well for his future big league prospects, nor does the fact that he went unclaimed by any other team. If he remains in Milwaukee’s organization in 2018, it will likely be as depth at Triple-A, where he gives the club the versatile utility type that they like, and his plus defense always makes him a consideration for a spot as a defensive replacement if a spot becomes available once again.