This past Sunday, MLB.com updated their prospect lists. Not only did they create a new top 100 list for the entire league, but they also made a top 20 list for each team. With the new draft choices taking some spots, many lists changed. The Milwaukee Brewers had all three of their day one draft choices enter their top ten. These additions caused some players to drop completely off the list.
One player that was overlooked and completely removed from the list was shortstop prospect, Yadiel Rivera. Although he was always seen as a strong gloved, but light hitting infielder, the 22-year-old has had a strong start to the season. He was even able to earn a promotion from high A Brevard County to AA Huntsville with his excellent start.
After earning his promotion, Rivera has been a force at the plate. Through his first 29 AA games, Rivera has batted .315 with a stellar .796 OPS. Although he has only hit three home runs all year, he has been able to find gaps and produce 23 extra-base hits this season. Though the system has other shortstops who are ranked in front of him with higher ceilings, if he can continue to prove himself with his bat he may be the quickest promoted to the major leagues.
With his stellar start to the season, Rivera’s absence from the list is a definite snub. While I do not expect him to be a superstar, he can surely be a player that can contribute at the major league level. Teams need steady players who can fill in defensively and hold their own at the plate. With his continuing adjustments, Rivera is sure to find his way to a major league roster in the future.