Why was he drafted?
Many projections saw him being drafted higher than the 10th round, so the Royals felt they got a bit of a steal when they were able to nab him when they did. Well-known for an advanced bat, Rivera also showed a good feel for playing in the outfield. He takes good routes, and has proved to have at least a decent arm.
When the Royals drafted Alexis Rivera, they felt that he was a guy that could come in right away and show considerable power potential. Instead, they got a guy that was a more polished, all-around hitter than they anticipated. He didn't show the power they anticipated (only 3 home runs in 176 at-bats), but he did show a keen eye at the plate and was able to hit the ball to all fields (.341 batting average, .413 on-base percentage). He also stole nine bases in 12 attempts.
The Royals are very high on Alexis Rivera. If his 2013 numbers resemble his 2012 numbers, look for him to make a jump in the prospect rankings. And if he can maintain the same discipline at the plate and show the power that many projected him to have, he could make a big jump in the prospect rankings. Rivera will start the season in short season A ball, but with a polished approach at the plate, he could move quickly to Lexington if he starts strong.
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