Yadiel Rivera broke camp with the big league club in a utility role, but he hit a disappointing .196/.213/.261 over the first month-plus of the season before being sent back down to the minors. The 24-year-old spent the rest of the season bouncing back and forth between the majors and minors, though he posted a sub-.230 average and sub-.600 OPS at both levels. The infielder also struggled with his plate discipline, as he struck out 98 times combined at Triple-A Colorado Springs and the majors compared to just 12 walks. Rivera figures to enter spring training in a similar position this season where he'll fight for a backup infield job, but little in his career thus far suggests he'll be able to emerge as anything more than a reserve player even if he does crack the Opening Day roster.
Rivera was optioned to minor-league camp Wednesday, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports. Rivera opened 2016 with the Brewers as a utility infielder, but that job has since been claimed by Hernan Perez, so the team decided to send Rivera to the minors in order to get regular at-bats. Rivera figures to be the primary shortstop for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Rivera is 9-for-33 (.273) with a home run, four RBI, and two stolen bases through 19 games this spring. Rivera's at-bats this spring have been limited with the Brewers trying to get Orlando Arcia as many plate appearances as possible, but the team is not counting on Rivera's bat, and he still has a shot to break camp with the big club for the second year in a row in a utility role.
Rivera was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday, MLB.com reports. The Brewers dropped Rivera from the 25-man roster to clear room for Sunday's starting pitcher, Zach Davies, who was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Rivera played in just two games with the Brewers following his July 8 promotion, logging no official at-bats.
Rivera was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs Friday. With Aaron Hill being traded, the Brewers opted to recall Rivera to fill the vacant infield spot. Rivera spent some time with the Brewers earlier in the season, but struggled to produce at the plate, going 10-for-49 with 19 strikeouts and just one walk. His batting was better at Colorado Springs, although not by much, as he posted a .232/.282/.305 line.
Rivera was optioned back to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday. Rivera was called up Tuesday as a temporary replacement to Hernan Perez, who was placed on paternity leave. The 24-year-old didn't see any action while with the Brewers for two games and is 9-for-46 on the year in the majors.