JAVIER RIVAS, SHORTSTOP
Born: September 1, 2002
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 165
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Venezuela
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Rivas was a prominent signing for the Pirates out of Venezuela.  He’s tall and thin, with a big frame that should allow him to get stronger.  When the Pirates signed him, he was thought to have considerable upside as a hitter.  Given his size, an eventual move to third seems possible, but he moves well enough that he might stay at short.  His arm is good enough for either spot.

2020
DNP

2021
DSL:  133/214/173, 173 AB, 5 2B, 1 3B, 11 BB, 56 K, 6-10 SB

Rivas obviously had a very rough time at the plate in his debut.  He struggled severely throughout the season and obviously had a lot of trouble making contact.  He played short, except for four games at third.

Despite his difficult start, the Pirates brought Rivas to minor league spring training in March 2022, so he’ll probably be in the Gulf Coast League.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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