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Luis Rivera Q & A

 

By Patrick Hickey Jr.

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Rivera was one consistent at the plate all season for the 'Clones

Q: Which position player on the Cyclones team do you think has the highest ceiling and why?  What do you like about his game and what do you think he needs to work on the most in order to develop into a big leaguer?

 

Luis Rivera: Well, Dustin Martin has great potential. He’s a five-tool player who can run and hit for power. I think he just has to learn to hit the cut-off man and he’ll be ok [laughing], because he’s always missing us or over throwing us and that’s a part of the game that’s important.

 

Q: Which pitcher do you think has the highest big league upside and why?

 

Rivera: All of them have done a great job all season, but I like Eric Brown because he’s a ground ball pitcher and he keeps me busy out there. He has great stuff and keeps us in every game he pitches, but counts on us to field well for him, so he can do good out there.

 

Q: Who do you think is the biggest sleeper prospect, position prospect or pitcher?  Who do you think will fly under the radar, doesn't get the attention he deserves, but will become a quality big leaguer?

 

Rivera: I don’t think there’s a sleeper on this team. We all work hard.

 

Q: Heading into the offseason, what do you need to work on the most to be ready for next season and what will you be doing to work on it?

 

Rivera: My hitting. I’m going to be playing winter-ball this season and working on my swing and will be working as hard as I can to become a better hitter.

 

Q: What would you say is your biggest strength as a ball player?  What do you bring to the field and to your team?

 

Rivera: My defense. I bring everything that I have on to the field and try my hardest to make the important plays and help the team win.

 

Q What did you think of your season this year?  How do you think it went for you?

 

Rivera:  I think it went pretty well for me, I think I did a pretty good job this season. I always try to do my best out there and I’m pleased with the way I’ve played, I think it’s been a good season. No regrets at all.

 

Q: To give our fans a better idea of the type of player you are, who would you compare your game to at the Major League level and why?

 

Rivera: Since I was a little kid, Omar Vizquel was my favorite player. We have a lot of things in common, he’s not a power hitter and I’m not a power hitter. He’s good defensively, so am I, so maybe that’s the reason why I always looked up to him. As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to play the game like he does.

All pictures for this article were taken by Conroy Walker

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