T.J. Rivera
T.J. Rivera
30-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
New York Mets
Day-To-Day
Injury Elbow
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Rivera had some sneaky NL-only utility during his time in the majors in 2017, but he didn't play in a single major-league game in 2018 as an elbow injury kept him sidelined. Let this be a lesson for all those who assume every Tommy John recovery follows the same path. Rivera was expecting to return from the September 2017 procedure before May, but his rehab assignment was delayed until July and he suffered a setback a little over a week into his minor-league stint. Rivera did not end up returning to a competitive setting. Before the lost season, Rivera had shown stellar bat-to-ball ability (13.9 K%) and a splash of pop (.140 ISO). He doesn't walk much, but he was a slightly-better-than-average hitter over a 231-PA sample in his lone extended look to date. As of mid-January, Rivera still has his 40-man spot with the Mets, but he will be hard pressed to make the Opening Day roster. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $539,958 contract with the Mets in February of 2017.
Nearing full clearance for return
3BNew York Mets
Elbow
February 20, 2019
Rivera (elbow) hit, ran and threw without issue Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
ANALYSIS
Rivera missed the entirety of the 2018 season after suffering some setbacks in his recovery program following Tommy John surgery in September of 2017. However, it seems like he's past those issues and really ramping up his activity. Ehalt commented that there are a few checkmarks to cross off before Rivera is fully cleared for action, but the aforementioned progress suggests Rivera will have no issue being ready for Opening Day. He is competing for a reserve utility spot this spring.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+118%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .599 89 9 2 7 0 .247 .270 .329
Since 2016vs Right .845 255 28 6 36 1 .325 .358 .487
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .696 54 7 2 6 0 .260 .296 .400
2017vs Right .780 177 20 3 21 1 .299 .341 .439
2016vs Left .457 35 2 0 1 0 .229 .229 .229
2016vs Right .997 78 8 3 15 0 .386 .397 .600
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Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .817 177 21 6 26 0 .311 .341 .476
Since 2016Away .742 167 16 2 17 1 .297 .329 .413
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .780 121 16 4 16 0 .286 .325 .455
2017Away .738 110 11 1 11 1 .294 .336 .402
2016Home .894 56 5 2 10 0 .365 .375 .519
2016Away .750 57 5 1 6 0 .302 .316 .434
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Rivera wound up playing in 73 games in Queens thanks to numerous injuries to the Mets' regulars. The infielder made the most of his opportunities as well, compiling a .290/.330/.430 slash line in 214 at-bats. He still doesn't walk very much, but his high-contact approach kept his strikeout rate at a solid 13.9 percent mark. Rivera played all around the field, making 28 appearances at third base, 20 at first base, 12 at the keystone and even three in left field before a torn UCL ended his campaign. He was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in September and is not expected to be back until the middle of the season. Given the graduations of Gavin Cecchini and Dominic Smith from the minors, playing time could be hard to come by for the 29-year-old Rivera once he returns.
Even though he had put up strong offensive numbers at every stop along the way, the 28-year-old didn't get his first look at even Triple-A until 2015, and he finally worked his way up to the majors in 2016. The utility infielder earned his promotion after tearing the cover off the ball at Las Vegas, slashing .353/.393/.516 in 105 games before joining the parent club. Buoyed in part by an unsustainable .376 BABIP, Rivera hit .333 but also continued a trend from his minor league days of not drawing many walks. One of the reasons he didn't move through the ranks quicker is that -- aside from a slight power uptick in the minors last year -- he's been a pure contact hitter with only pedestrian speed on the bases. Still, he's proven himself capable of hitting for average and can play virtually anywhere in the field, so Rivera may get another look in a utility role in the majors this season.
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Out for reminder of 2018
3BNew York Mets
Elbow
September 2, 2018
Rivera (elbow) won't return to action this season, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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May not return in 2018
3BNew York Mets
Elbow
August 20, 2018
Manager Mickey Callaway said Monday that Rivera (elbow) may not return to the big leagues this season, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.
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Needs more time before rehab assignment
3BNew York Mets
Elbow
July 27, 2018
Rivera (elbow) is still 7-to-10 days from beginning a minor-league rehab stint, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
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Avoids major injury, shut down for 10 days
3BNew York Mets
Elbow
July 18, 2018
Rivera (elbow) will be shut down for 10 days after suffering a setback during a minor-league contest Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Suffers setback
3BNew York Mets
Elbow
July 14, 2018
Rivera (elbow) exited a minor-league rehab appearance Friday night due to arm soreness, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports .
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