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2017 Cleveland Indians 6th Round Pick: Michael Rivera, CA

The Cleveland Indians switched things up, going for a catcher in the 6th round, selecting Michael Rivera, a junior from Florida.

At pick 192 in the 6th round, the Cleveland Indians have selected catcher Michael Rivera out of the University of Florida.

Born: 12/12/95 — Height: 5'10" — Weight: 200 — Bats: Right — Throws: Right

Jeff Ellis: Michael Rivera is a pick that is all about defense. He is one of if not the best college defender behind the plate this year. He had some injury issues with his hamate this year which caused him to get less reps. He is a complete guy behind the plate. The question is can he hit enough to be more than backup. I don’t think it is likely, as he has struggled immensely as a hitter during his college career. There is a good chance he turns into an emergency AAA catcher, but I'm not sure if he will hit enough to be a consistent major league player.

Press Release: Missed time with a broken hand (right hamate) during his junior season, member of College World Series-bound Gators…Batted .241 (32-133) with 6 2B, 2HR & 24 RBI in 41 games. 

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