Q&A With Jays' 35th Round Pick Devyn Rivera

We talked to the Blue Jays' 35th round pick, Devyn Rivera, for a Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from California Baptist University has to say about his game, his strengths and weaknesses, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: I'm sure you've heard it quite a bit by now, but let me congratulate you on being drafted by the Blue Jays. What was going through your mind when you were selected by the Jays?

Devyn Rivera: I figured it would be the Blue Jays because I had been talking to [some of their scouts]. I'm just glad I got the opportunity to play. I was watching (for my name to be selected) on my computer at my house. My family was here and they were all just cheering and happy for me.

FutureJays.com: Talk a little bit about what kind of player you are. What are some of your strengths and some of the things you'd like to improve on?

Rivera: I'm a pitcher that likes to work hard, just give it all out there. I need to work on throwing more strikes.

FutureJays.com: How about pitching righties versus lefties, how does that work for you?

Rivera: Against lefties, I have a changeup that kind of just dives. It splits on you. On righties, I have a two-seam that moves into them, so it works both ways.

FutureJays.com: Tell me about your repertoire, what pitches you throw and the ballpark of what speed each one is.

Rivera: I throw a two-seam and a four-seam, and they range from 90 to 93. I have a curveball that I just started throwing this year, and it's about 78. I've got a slider around 83, 84. And then the changeup around 83, 84. [My out pitch] really depends on the day; most of the time, my changeup.

FutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite baseball team growing up?

Rivera: Yeah, the Yankees. I live in Arizona. We didn't have a team out here for a while so I chose them, and then I started to like the D-Backs [as my secondary team].

FutureJays.com: Is there any player who you've been compared to or anyone you model yourself after in the majors?

Rivera: I would like to think I pitch like Roy Halladay because of his movement and it's straight when it comes out of his hand. That's pretty much how I throw, but yeah, I just need to throw strikes like he does.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: I'm sure you've heard it quite a bit by now, but let me congratulate you on being drafted by the Blue Jays. What was going through your mind when you were selected by the Jays?
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\r\nDevyn Rivera: I figured it would be the Blue Jays because I had been talking to [some of their scouts]. I'm just glad I got the opportunity to play. I was watching (for my name to be selected) on my computer at my house. My family was here and they were all just cheering and happy for me.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Talk a little bit about what kind of player you are. What are some of your strengths and some of the things you'd like to improve on?
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\r\nRivera: I'm a pitcher that likes to work hard, just give it all out there. I need to work on throwing more strikes.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: How about pitching righties versus lefties, how does that work for you?
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\r\nRivera: Against lefties, I have a changeup that kind of just dives. It splits on you. On righties, I have a two-seam that moves into them, so it works both ways.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Tell me about your repertoire, what pitches you throw and the ballpark of what speed each one is.
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\r\nRivera: I throw a two-seam and a four-seam, and they range from 90 to 93. I have a curveball that I just started throwing this year, and it's about 78. I've got a slider around 83, 84. And then the changeup around 83, 84. [My out pitch] really depends on the day; most of the time, my changeup.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite baseball team growing up?
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\r\nRivera: Yeah, the Yankees. I live in Arizona. We didn't have a team out here for a while so I chose them, and then I started to like the D-Backs [as my secondary team].
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Is there any player who you've been compared to or anyone you model yourself after in the majors?
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\r\nRivera: I would like to think I pitch like Roy Halladay because of his movement and it's straight when it comes out of his hand. That's pretty much how I throw, but yeah, I just need to throw strikes like he does.
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