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Rene Rivera | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays acquired C Rene Rivera from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.
Rivera has been a journeyman for much of his career but thrived when given a real shot at playing time in 2014, batting .252/.319/.432 with 11 homers while drawing rave reviews for his pitch-framing and defense. He seems unlikely to repeat his year offensively, but Rivera will be the primary catcher for the Rays. Dec 19 - 12:41 PM

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Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

Rivera had an RBI groundout in the sixth inning, adding a run-scoring single in the seventh as well. Rivera has four RBI over his last two games, giving him 40 RBI on the year. He's moved into an everyday role with Yasmani Grandal manning first base, and Rivera is hitting .252/.319/.431 on the season.
Sep 21 - 10:26 PM

Cleanup hitter Rene Rivera hit his 10th homer Friday to lead the Padres to a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

Rivera was 5-for-30 with two RBI in 10 games this month before his solo shot tonight. The homer off Vidal Nuno was his sixth in 89 at-bats against left-handed pitchers this year. He has four in 163 at-bats against right-handed pitching, which is why he's still hitting lower in the order versus righties.
Sep 13 - 1:54 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Steve Geltz
8Jose Dominguez
9C.J. Riefenhauser