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2017 MSU baseball signee Reynaldo Rivera update

An analysis of Mississippi State class of 2017 signee Reynaldo Rivera, a first baseman from Chipola (FL) College.

  • Name: Reynaldo Rivera
  • Classification: Sophomore
  • Position: 1B
  • Ht: Wt: 6-6, 250
  • Bats-Throws: L-R
  • Junior College: Chipola (FL) College
  • High School: International Baseball Academy High School (Ceiba, Puerto Rico)

High School - Rivera was rated a 9.5 and the 403rd best player in the United States as a senior in high school by Perfect Game. He was 6-6, 216 pounds and mainly an outfielder. He was drafted in the 24th round by the Chicago Cuts but chose to attend Chipola College in Florida instead of going pro. An exceptional student, he had a 3.85 GPA with a 1400 SAT.

2016 Season - Rivera had a very good year as a freshman at Chipola, hitting .397 with 10 home runs and 67 RBIs. He helped lead his team to a 39-14 record and a 9th place finish in the NJCC Division 1 poll.

2017 Season - Rivera, who is now 6-6 and 250 pounds, has had an outstanding season hitting the ball as a sophomore, currently hitting .457 with 15 home runs and 63 RBIs in 52 games. He has helped lead his team to a 45-8 record and No. 1 ranking in the current NJCAA Division 1 poll. Rivera has primarily played first base this season, although he has also played right field in a few games. After starting the season a little slow hitting-wise, Rivera has really stepped it up in March through May, hitting .558 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs in 104 official at-bats. He is an unusual power hitter because he doesn't strike out very often. In his last 132 at-bats he has only struck out 20 times which is just 15% of the time.

Recruiting - Rivera chose Mississippi State over Florida International, Auburn and Alabama.

2017 MLB Draft - After being drafted in the 24th round by the Chicago Cubs out of high school, Rivera is likely a potential high draft pick this year after showing that he is a plus average hitter with plus-plus power. He also has a solid arm, hitting upwards of 90 miles per hour on the mound as a pitcher in high school. He is a below average runner. His projected position on the next level is likely first base. Baseball America, in January, 2017, ranked him the 16th best pro prospect in the junior college ranks.

MSU 2018 Season - If he doesn't go pro, he will find immediate playing time at first base with MSU due to the likelihood that current starting first baseman Brent Rooker, a fourth-year junior, will be drafted in the first, second or third round and sign a pro contract. He projects as a middle of the order hitter who could hit in the .350 average and 15 home run range.

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