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Felipe Rivero | Relief Pitcher | #73

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 209
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Pirates acquired LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn from the Nationals for RHP Mark Melancon.
Rivero, a hard-throwing, high-strikeout left-hander could quickly work himself into a setup capacity in the Pirates bullpen with the expectation that Tony Watson will step into the closer's role. He makes for a nice return for the Pirates on the expiring contract of Mark Melancon. Sat, Jul 30, 2016 03:39:00 PM

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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Felipe Rivero will head to the Pirates as part of the Mark Melancon trade.

Rivero, a 25-year-old southpaw, owns a 4.53 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 53/15 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings out of the Washington bullpen this season. He'll likely slot right into a middle relief role in the Pirates bullpen and could emerge as a late-game option there with his high-strikeout and low-walk rates.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Felipe Rivero was blasted for six runs -- five earned -- without retiring a batter on Saturday versus the Padres.

The error that allowed the unearned run was his own. He fielded a bases-loaded comebacker and threw wide of home to spoil what should have been a double play ball. Rivero had a 5.34 ERA coming into the game and saw that balloon into a 6.82 ERA in a split second. The 24-year-old lefty reliever has a great 11.27 K/9 and doesn't walk an excessive number of batters either. He had a 2.79 ERA last year in his rookie season. He has been bad this year but there are good reasons to expect much better performance in the future.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 01:59:00 AM

With closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable, Felipe Rivero recorded the last out of the night to notch a save in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

It wasn't without a little drama. Blake Treinen began the ninth after finishing the eighth inning and issued a two-out walk after a couple strikeouts. Rivero then gave up an RBI double to Kelly Johnson, but he got Mallex Smith on a check-swing third strike to end it. Saves for Rivero this season will surely be few and far between, but he's the club's top left-handed setup man.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 10:16:00 PM

Felipe Rivero tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Saturday against the Mets for his second save of the season.

Rivero struck out the side on 11 pitches. The southpaw is filling in at closer with Jonathan Papelbon suspended and he's proving that he deserves a bigger responsibility in 2016.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 04:18:00 PM

Felipe Rivero recorded his first major league save with two perfect innings Thursday against the Braves.

Rivero has alternated between serving as a specialist and pitching in middle relief this year, with decent results in both roles. We wouldn't count on him getting another save this weekend, but who can really tell with Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen out?
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 11:35:00 PM

Nationals recalled LHP Felipe Rivero from Triple-A Syracuse.

Rivero is recovered from his battle with gastrointestinal bleeding and will give the Nationals a fresh left-handed reliever. The 23-year-old southpaw has made just one career appearance at the major league level.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 03:00:00 PM

Nationals activated LHP Felipe Rivero from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Rivero was placed on the disabled list about a month ago due to gastrointestinal bleeding. The 23-year-old struggled in his lone appearance with Triple-A Buffalo during a minor league rehab assignment and will continue to refine his game.
Thu, May 21, 2015 04:45:00 PM

Felipe Rivero (stomach) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Syracuse.

Rivero was placed on the disabled list April 22 with gastrointestinal bleeding. That issue is now solved and he could be an option for the Nationals' bullpen by the end of this week. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed a run on three hits in a one-inning relief appearance with Washington earlier this season. That's still his only career appearance at the major league level.
Mon, May 18, 2015 02:41:00 PM

Felipe Rivero's (stomach) blood levels are back to normal following a procedure nearly three weeks ago to repair a burst ulcer.

Rivero, who dealt with some gastrointestinal bleeding, has resumed a throwing program and will eventually begin a rehab assignment. "Good thing is that he’s healthy and feels good," Nationals manager Matt Williams said.
Fri, May 15, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Nationals placed LHP Felipe Rivero on the 15-day disabled list due to gastrointestinal bleeding.

That's a scary diagnosis for the 23-year-old, who made his major league debut on April 17. The team didn't give an estimate on how long Rivero might be out with the issue. Matt Grace was recalled to take his spot on the roster.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 06:36:00 PM

Nationals recalled LHP Felipe Rivero from Triple-A Syracuse.

Rivero gives the Nats some lefty relief depth. The 23-year-old had struggled in three appearances this season at Syracuse, but Washington needed an extra southpaw to pair with Matt Thornton. Rivera has a 3.48 ERA and 7.5 K/9 in 442 1/3 career minor league innings. He'll be making his major league debut.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 01:34:00 PM

Felipe Rivero will join the Nationals on Thursday.

Matt Thornton had been the only left-hander in the Nationals' bullpen, so Rivero will provide some needed depth in that department. The 23-year-old left-hander owns a 3.48 ERA and 7.5 K/9 in 442 1/3 minor league innings. He has never pitched in a major league game.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 10:47:00 AM

Nationals optioned LHP Felipe Rivero to Double-A Harrisburg.

Rivero, who was acquired in the Nate Karns deal last February, posted a 4.12 ERA and 38/18 K/BB ratio 43 2/3 innings across 10 starts in Double-A in 2014. The 23-year-old was never expected to make the major league roster this spring, but he could have a future in the rotation.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 04:14:00 PM

Nationals acquired LHP Felipe Rivero, OF Drew Vettleson, and C Jose Lobaton from the Rays for RHP Nate Karns.

Rivero had a 3.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 91/52 K/BB ratio in 127 innings last season at High-A Charlotte. The 22-year-old Venezuelan was a participant in the 2012 Futures Game and will hope to blossom in the Nats' system.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 02:03:00 PM

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2John Jaso
3Jose Osuna
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3Phil Gosselin
4Chris Bostick
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2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Tyler Glasnow
5Chad Kuhl
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Relief Pitcher
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
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