RIVERA, YADIEL

Position: Shortstop, Second Base, Third Base

DOB: May 2, 1992

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 185

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (9th round, 2010)

Profile: A ninth round pick by Milwaukee in 2010 out of Puerto Rico, Rivera went to Maryvale in the Arizona League after signing for $85,000. He split 2011 between Helena of the Pioneer League and Low-A Wisconsin, then returned to Wisconsin for the 2012 season. He moved up to High-A Brevard County in 2013 and opened 2014 with the Manatees as well, splitting time between shortstop and second base. Rivera moved up to Double-A Huntsville midway through the 2014 season, then saw action at both Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2015, earning a September call-up and making his MLB debut with the Brewers that same season. He participated in the Arizona Fall League at the end of the year, seeing more time at third base and then spent the 2016 season bouncing between Milwaukee and Colorado Springs. The glove has always been Rivera’s calling card and the slick fielder has displayed the ability to play second base, shortstop and third base with plus defense, showcasing great range, good instincts and a strong arm. A hard worker and a quick learner, Rivera’s offense has improved each season, but questions remain as to if he can hit enough to become an everyday player at the big league level.

2010: After signing with Milwaukee, Rivera made his professional debut with their Arizona League affiliate in Maryvale, appearing in 49 games and batting .209 with eight doubles as the Brewers starting shortstop.

2011: Rivera started 2011 in extended spring training, but when Low-A Wisconsin found themselves in need of a shortstop in early May, he got the call to join the Timber Rattlers. He struggled at the plate with the Timber Rattlers, hitting just .194 in 32 games before being sent to Helena once their season opened. He experienced better results there, batting .248 with eight home runs over 74 Pioneer League contests.

2012: A return trip to Wisconsin awaited Rivera in 2012 and the improvements in his game were noticeable. In 127 games, he wound up hitting .247, hitting a career high 12 home runs to go along with 26 doubles and five triples, helping lead the Timber Rattlers to a Midwest League Championship title.

2013: Coming off a strong 2012 campaign, Rivera moved up to High-A Brevard County in 2013. He appeared in 127 games as the Manatees regular shortstop and hit .241 with five home runs while scoring 51 runs.

2014: Rivera returned to Brevard County to start the 2014 season and was paired with Orlando Arcia on the middle infield. The two plus defenders took time rotating between shortstop and second base before Rivera earned himself a promotion to Double-A Huntsville. He finished out the year with the Stars, batting .262 over 58 games.

2015: The Brewers had Rivera start off 2015 with their new Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers and he handled the bat fairly well, hitting .277 in 52 games. He was promoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs where he stayed for three months before returning to Biloxi for the playoffs. Part of a contingent to receive a September call-up to join the Brewers, Rivera made his big league debut on September 22nd and appeared in seven games for Milwaukee. He was sent to the Arizona Fall League following the season, where he got extended work at third base while also impressing at the plate, hitting .315 over 21 games.

2016: Rivera earned a spot on the Brewers Opening Day roster in 2016, but after appearing in just 16 games for Milwaukee, he was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs in May. He had several other brief stints with Milwaukee throughout the season before coming back up once again for a longer September look. In 35 major league games, Rivera wound up hitting .212 with four doubles.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2016 (#27)
2015 (#23)
2014 (#19)
2013 (#28)
2012 (#19)
2011 (#20)