Ricky Rivera Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: June 7, 2018
Team/Organization: Orange County Riptide (California Collegiate League)
League/Level: College Summer Baseball
Scouting Notes: Somewhat undersized without height for plane, but high three-quarters/nearly over-the-top release with some feel for command down in the zone, plays up pitch life at the knees. Decent command profile; very quick, short arm action in the back with good extension out front, though some recoil through follow-through to finish … Fastball 84-88 in my early June look here; paired with 68-71 curveball and 73-75 changeup; 1.56 – 1.62 to the plate with runner on first base … Fastball shows some late arm-side life at times; mostly stays on one plane with late, subtle run to arm-side, but occasional depth with fade, particularly when commanded down in the zone already. Decent velo; will go after hitters and attack with that … Good off-speed feel with encouraging pitch life on both his off-speed pitches; curveball is 12-to-6 and fairly sharp; he’ll break it off with good arm speed through release, feel for spin to the plate. Can throw it for a strike and/or bury it; used it very well in my look here, potentially a solid weapon for him moving forward. Changeup shows good tumble with some fade to arm side; good look for him against LHH as something off-speed to fade away, get them to roll over harmlessly; good arm action to sell it, some ability to tunnel it to fastball … Ricky Rivera is apparently still looking for a four-year school at this point, and may be a viable add for a Division II or Division III school; feels like a potentially pretty solid bullpen guy who will challenge hitters with decent stuff, ability to change speeds. Good showing here.
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