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Rene Rivera | Catcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rene Rivera had a great night at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in Thursday's win against the Cubs.
Rivera entered the night having logged just one hit in his last 17 plate appearances, so he busted out of the slump in a big way. He took Edwin Jackson deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning, then singled to right to drive in two in the sixth. Rivera has done well in the power department, but hasn't done much else, slashing .228/.286/.436 with seven home runs and 26 RBI on the season. Jul 24 - 11:48 PM

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Rene Rivera belted a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Rivera's blast got the scoring going in the second inning, but that's the only run the Padres could muster in their weak four-hit effort. While he's hitting just .225 this season, Rivera has provided some sock with five longballs.
Jun 17 - 7:25 PM

Rene Rivera connected for a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Mets.

His two-run blast off Bartolo Colon in the second inning was the only offense of the evening for San Diego. Rivera now has four home runs on the year, which puts him just two behind Yasmani Grandal and Seth Smith for the team lead. It's sad state of affairs for the Padres.
Jun 14 - 1:20 AM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

Rivera went deep off of Juan Nicasio in the sixth inning, his third homer of the season. He also threw out three would-be base-stealers on the afternoon. Rivera hasn't played a whole lot, but when he has, he has contributed, now slashing .275/.302/.529 in 54 plate appearances.
May 18 - 7:54 PM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

With Yasmani Grandal starting at first base against the left-handed Wade Miley, Rivera took advantage of the starting opportunity. Rivera's two-run double in the fourth inning tied the game, and his ninth-inning double put Cameron Maybin at third in advance of Yonder Alonso's RBI fielder's choice. Rivera is getting a decent amount of playing time because of his defense, but he's not going to hit enough to warrant being carried in fantasy leagues.
May 4 - 9:20 PM

Rene Rivera had the game of his life in Monday's 6-4 win against the Giants, going 2-for-5 with a double, home run and five RBI.

Per Baseball Reference's MLB play index, Rivera, who debuted in 2004, had 18.5% of his career RBI this evening (5 of 27). Baseball Prospectus contributor and Padres blogger Geoff Young passed along that the third-string catcher's five RBI were the most by a Padres' backstop since Ramon Hernandez accumulated seven on September 27, 2005. Rivera, the owner of a career .524 OPS, had seven RBI total last year. This will never happen again.
Apr 29 - 2:12 AM

Padres catcher Rene Rivera shed 20 pounds over the offseason.

The 30-year-old is devoting his time and effort in Major League camp to working with the pitchers rather than focusing on competition for a roster spot. As long as Yasmani Grandal is healthy enough to begin the regular season with the team, Rivera is likely slated for Triple-A.
Feb 15 - 12:05 PM

Padres purchased the contract of C Rene Rivera from Triple-A Tucson.

He'll back up Nick Hundley with Yasmani Grandal out indefinitely Rivera has hit .343/.382/.474 with five homers and 38 RBI on the season at Triple-A but should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 11:15:00 AM

The Padres are expected to promote Rene Rivera from Triple-A Tucson on Sunday in the wake of the severe knee injury suffered Saturday by Yasmani Grandal.

Rivera will function in a reserve role, with Nick Hundley expected to assume the primary catching duties for the Padres. Rivera, who hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011, was hitting .343/.382/.474 with five homers and 38 RBI on the season at Triple-A.
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 11:51:00 PM

Padres signed C Rene Rivera to a minor league contract.

He also gets a spring training invite. Rivera, 29, batted .226/.307/.385 with 10 homers and a .693 OPS in 95 games with the Twins' Triple-A affiliate this past season. He'll function as organizational depth.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 03:09:00 PM

Twins reassigned C Rene Rivera and RHP Pedro Florimon to minor league camp.

Rivera posted an ugly .144/.211/.202 in 100-plus plate appearances last year for the Twins. He never stood a chance of cracking the club's 2012 Opening Day roster.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 08:54:00 AM

Twins re-signed C Rene Rivera to a minor league contract.

Rivera batted just .144/.211/.202 over 104 at-bats with the Twins this season but is considered a solid defensive backstop. He'll likely begin 2012 at Triple-A, though.
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 05:17:00 PM

Twins sent C Rene Rivera outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Rivera batted just .144/.211/.202 over 104 at-bats with the Twins this season but is regarded as a solid defense catcher. The 28-year-old could stick around as organizational depth in 2012.
Fri, Oct 14, 2011 12:04:00 PM

Twins recalled C Rene Rivera from Triple-A Rochester.

Manager Ron Gardenhire wanted another catcher around with Joe Mauer banged up. The light-hitting Rivera has batted .181/.244/.264 in 78 at-bats for the Twins this season.
Sun, Aug 28, 2011 12:33:00 PM

Twins optioned C Rene Rivera to Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins had been carrying three catchers but will go with Drew Butera as Joe Mauer's backup for now. Rivera hit .181/.244/.264 in 78 at-bats for the Twins.
Sun, Jul 10, 2011 05:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Rene Rivera
3Adam Moore
1B1Tommy Medica
2Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Everth Cabrera
2Alexi Amarista
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
RF1Seth Smith
2Jake Goebbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Tyson Ross
4Eric Stults
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Joe Wieland
7Casey Kelly
8Josh Johnson
9Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Blaine Boyer
8Jesse Hahn
9Robbie Erlin
10Leonel Campos
11Frank Garces
12R.J. Alvarez