Yadiel Rivera…graduated from Maneula Toro High School in Puerto Rico…signed by MIL scouts Charlie Sullivan and Manolo Hernandez.
Appeared in 34 games for the Marlins last season, spending the bulk of the campaign at New Orleans (AAA)…lone stint with Marlins was 6/14-8/5, most of which came with Martin Prado on the injured list, as he made 12 total starts at 3B (5), SS (3), 1B (2), 3B (1), and CF (1)…was 2-for-8 with a 2B, RBI, and 4 BB as a pinch-hitter…final 25 G with Miami: .250 BA (10-40) and .648 OPS…contract selected from NO on 6/14 and he was designated for assignment on 8/6, then assigned outright to NO on 8/8…last ML game was 8/5 (G1) at NYM as PR-SS…at New Orleans, batted .293/.310/.477/.786 with a career-high 14 HR and 46 RBI over 82 contests…ranked among Baby Cakes team leaders in hits (4th, 88), SB (4th, 15), RBI (5th), and HR (6th) despite the lengthy MLB stint…at time of his promotion, had a .318 BA and .849 OPS over 61 G in the PCL…went 7-for-12 with 5 HR and 8 RBI over 3 G from 5/16-19 at Iowa…batted .221 (17-77) in final 21 G after being outrighted in August…played 31 G with Manati in Puerto Rican Winter League.
Had career highs in most major categories, including games (111), at-bats (139), runs scored (13), hits (24), and RBI (nine)...Made first career appearance in the outfield on April 2 vs. Boston, playing 2.0 innings in left field after entering the game as a pinch hitter. Appear at all three outfield spots during year, making nine appearances and three starts (two in left, one in center)...Recorded first career walk-off hit and RBI on May 1 vs. Philadelphia with a pinch-hit single in 10th inning...Had first career stolen base on June 11 vs. San Francisco...Had second walk-off on July 2 vs. Tampa Bay (single)...Had first career home run on July 7 at Washington...Had career-long six-game road hitting streak from June 23-July 22 (.353; 6x17, home run, RBI).
Opened season with Triple-A Colorado Springs; had one stint with Milwaukee, from July 6-17...Appeared in just one game for Brewers, on July 6 at the Cubs, playing third base and going 0x2 off the bench...Appeared in 107 games for Sky Sox...Hit .333 (19x57) in 16 games in April, with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBI. Fell to .204 (15x98) in 28 games in May, but with seven doubles, a home run, and 15 RBI...Had four straight multi-hit games during a season-long five-game hitting streak from April 16-21 (.500/10x20)...On 7-day disabled list from June 26-July 5; went 8x21 (.381) in four-game rehab assignment with Arizona League Brewers.
Batted .212 with 0 HR and 3 RBI in 35 games with Milwaukee...Made 16 starts (8g at 2B, 4g at SS, 4g at 3B)...Made his first career Opening Day roster...Had four stints with the Brewers (Opening Day-5/11, 6/21-6/22, 7/8-7/16 and 9/4-end) ...Batted .227 with 2 HR and 41 RBI in 83 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs...Played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League (26g, .230, 0hr, 10rbi).
Batted a combined .253 with 2 HR, 44 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 133 games between Double-A Biloxi (52g) and Triple-A Colorado Springs (81g)…Was recalled by Milwaukee on 9/22 from Biloxi…Appeared in 7 games with the Brewers, including 4 starts (2g at 2B, 2g at SS)…Made his Major League debut on 9/22 at Chicago-NL, entering the game at third base (0-for-2)…Recorded his first Major League hit on 9/24 at St. Louis with a single off Michael Wacha…Following the season played for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League and batted .315 (23-for-73) with 1 HR, 11 RBI and 7 stolen bases in 21 games.....was named to the league's Top Prospects Team and earned the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award…Also played for Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League (22g, .158, 0hr, 3rbi).
Entered 2014 rated as the best defensive shortstop in the Florida State League and best defensive infielder in the organization by Baseball America...Batted a combined .258 with five HR, 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 124 games between Class-A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville...Made his first career appearances at second base (28g at Brevard County) after playing exclusively at shortstop throughout his career...Played for Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League (36g, .250, 2hr, 20rbi)...Was added to the 40-man roster on 11/20
Entered 2013 rated as the best defensive infielder in the organization by Baseball America...Batted .241 with 5 HR, 37 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 129 games at Class-A Brevard County...Played for Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League (3 games)
Entered 2012 rated as the best defensive infielder and having the best infield arm in the organization by Baseball America...Batted .247 with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 127 games at Class-A Wisconsin...Was a Midwest League All-Star...Played for Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League (21g, .347, 0hr, 6rbi)
Entered 2011 rated as the best defensive infielder in the organization by Baseball America...Batted a combined .236 with 9 HR and 43 RBI in 106 games between Class-A Wisconsin and Rookie Helena.....was selected to the Pioneer League Postseason All-Star Team