ELKVILLE, IL - Alfonso Rivas, from the 2016 Danville Dans, was taken in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft, by the Oakland A's. The Arizona Wildcat junior and San Diego, California native was selected as a first baseman with the 113th overall pick.
"We're always proud to see our Dans get picked in the MLB draft," said Dans managing partner Jeanie Cooke. "This is another sign that what we do here in Danville works in helping players develop for their future in baseball."
The 22-year-old, Rivas, a 6'0", 180 pound, who bats left and throws left began his professional career on June 17, 2018 with his first assignment with the Oakland A's assigned to the Vermont Lake Monsters of the Short-Season A, New York-Pennsylvania League before being transferred at the end of the minor league season to the Stockton Ports, the A's Class A Advanced club in the California League.
Rivas played in 61 games for the Lake Monsters, posting slash line stats of .285/.397/.383 with a .780 OPS. He hit .287, 1 HR, 28 RBI and stole seven bases in 11 attempts, while scoring 33 times, or 33% of the time he reached first base. His strikeout to walk ratio was 44/36, giving him an impressive on-base-percentage for a first baseman.
Of the 61 games he played in, Rivas made 43 starts, including 4 starts in left with making only four errors in 341 chances at first, giving him solid .988 fielding percentage at first with a plus range factor at the corner. In the four starts in left, in eight chances and putouts, Rivas didn't make an error in his first pro season.
The scouting report on Rivas is that there is no doubt that he's going to hit, according to one Baseball America MLB Draft scouting report, "most evaluators putting a plus future grade on the hit tool." The biggest question heading into his second professional season is will he develop power to profile at first place, which is his best defensive position or a corner outfield spot.
In 2016, playing for the Danville Dans at the historic Danville Dans Stadium, Rivas hit an impressive .486 (18-for-37) with three doubles, four RBI, and scored six runs to help lead Danville to another winning season with a 35-25 overall record.
According to one Prospect League insider, "Rivas is a pure hitter, has a consistent approach to the plate, what he lacks in talent, which isn't much, he makes up for it with his hustle and work ethic. Albeit a small sample size, Rivas may have been one of the most complete player on the Dans in 2016. It explains to me why the A's bumped him up to Class A Advance, skipping the Beloit Snappers, the Midwest League full season, Class A team.
In 2018 Rivas became on of more than 200 Dans alumni past and present who have played professional baseball, including 27 who have made it to the Show.
by Danville Dans