DANIEL RIVERO, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: January 22, 2001
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Rivero is an outfielder with enough speed to play center. His bonus isn’t known, as bonus amounts for Venezuelan players are being kept confidential for safety reasons, but the Pirates think highly of Rivero. He has a good bat but hasn’t shown power as yet. He has enough size that the power could come.
Rivero had a strong debut, hitting well with a very low K rate, albeit with little power. He started and finished strongly, with a weak month of July in between. Rivero played all of his games in center except for three in right.
The Pirates jumped Rivero over the GCL to Bristol. It was a challenging assignment and he struggled badly for a while. He had a .461 OPS in June and .582 in July, but batted 315/367/411 in August and hit well in the playoffs. His plate discipline was solid throughout and the power started to show up a little in the last month. He obviously needs to work on is base stealing. Due to the logjam of outfielders at Bristol, Rivero wasn’t able to play every day, but he played center in just over half the team’s games and showed good range. Most of Bristol’s many outfielders had the ability to play center, so it says something about the Pirates’ assessment of Rivero that he was the primary center fielder. Rivero also recorded seven outfield assists, five from center and two from right.
It’d be nice if Rivero could make the jump to Greensboro in 2019. Despite the rough two months in 2019, he’s probably one of the Pirates’ best low-level outfield prospects.
|2020: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 3, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.