Cardinals prospect interview: Chris Rivera

The St. Louis Cardinals' seventh-round draft pick in 2013, a California infielder, discusses his first professional season.

18-year-old infielder Chris Rivera hails from Los Angeles Angels country, but became a St. Louis Cardinal after his selection as their seventh-rounder in the 2013 draft. The Anaheim, California native was the third of four middle infielders taken by the Cardinals in the first 10 rounds.

On the Gulf Coast League Cardinals rookie-level club, Rivera moved from his prep position at shortstop to play second base alongside second-rounder Oscar Mercado. Though the right-handed hitter logged just a .195 batting average in his professional debut, Rivera hit five home runs among his 11 extra-base hits (of 26 total).

During the recently-completed instructional league, Mercado spoke about his relationship with scout Michael Garciaparra and his first summer and fall as a professional baseball player.


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