Full name is Emmanuel Miguel Rivera…resides in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico during the offseason...Attended Universidad Interamericana in 2015, prior to being selected by the Royals...Graduated from Eugenio Maria de Hostas High School (Puerto Rico) in 2014.
Spent the entire year with Northwest Arkansas (AA), leading the Texas League in games played (131) and ranking sixth in hits (128)…made 117 starts at third base...Slashed .337/.379/.461 (30-for-89) with five doubles, two homers and 15 RBI vs. left-handed pitching...Collected a career-high five RBI twice: April 29 at Midland and June 19 vs. Amarillo…in the June 19 contest, also matched a career-best with four hits, going 4-for-5 with a three-run homer...Played in 31 games for Indios de Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League…slashed .309/.353/.439 (38-for-123) with eight extra-base hits and 14 RBI.
Spent a majority of the year with Wilmington (A+), but missed five weeks of action (May 28-July 6) with an oblique injury…played in seven games with Surprise (Rookie) as part of a rehab assignment...Among qualifying Carolina League hitters, his .280 average (105-for-375) ranked ninth.
Named Lexington Player of the Year, leading the South Atlantic League in batting average (.310) and hits (144)… also ranked fifth in on-base percentage (.364) and slugging percentage (.468)...Tabbed a postseason All-Star by the SAL and an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com...Set career highs with 27 doubles, 12 homers and his teamleading 72 RBI, which were third most by a Royals minor league player...Slashed .322/.384/.480 (73-for-227) with 17 doubles, two triples, five homers and 34 RBI after the All-Star break.
Named Puerto Rican Winter League Rookie of the Year and an All-Star…led the league in on-base percentage (.393), ranked second in batting average (.330) and fifth in slugging (.413).