Clearwater Threshers reliever Alexis Rivero came out of nowhere this season to win the 2015 Baseball Ross Phillies Minor League Relief Pitcher of The Year by finishing the season “strong”.
Rivero who will not turn 21 until October 18th was dominate over the last eight games of the Florida State League season. In those games he pitched 17 innings, gave up only 7 hits, allowed only one earned run, walked three walks and struck out 17. He was 1-0, 2 for 2 in saves and had one hold over those eight appearances.
His fastball was sitting at 96-97 mph in his next to last relief appearance in Dunedin on Thursday night and on Saturday night with one days rest topped at 95 mph on the pitches that registered on the Bright House scoreboard pitch speed.
Rivero was impressive in his final appearance of the regular season against the Blue Jays . He pitched two innings and came within one pitch of striking out the side in turn in his first inning of work, watch his two strikeouts HERE and HERE. He induced three soft contact ground ball outs to the right side of the infield in his second inning of work, watch HERE, HERE and HERE, by using his fastball sinker and slider.
Look for Rivero to likely next appear in relief in Wednesday’s second game in the best of three first round playoff series against Daytona at Bright House.
Rivero also been selected for Instructs with workouts starting September 20th. He has come along way by fast tracking his way up the Phillies system from the GCL Phillies last season to jumping to the Lakewood BlueClaws and appearing in the Sally League All Star game in the first half, to a shutdown late inning reliever with the Threshers to end the season. And then being selected as the Baseball Ross Phillies Minor League Relief Pitcher of 2015. That’s all “hard to believe!”