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Full Name: Juan Luis Rivera Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/170 First Game: September 4, 2001
Birthdate: July 3, 1978 MLB Experience: 7 years
Birthplace: Guarenas, Miranda (Venezuela)
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Juan Luis Rivera (born July 3, 1978 in Guarenas, Miranda State, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball left fielder who plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Rivera was signed by the Yankees as a non-draft amateur free agent in 1996 and made his debut in the 2001 season. When he came up to New York in midseason 2002, and while he showed promise, his .265 of batting average and one home run was a disappointment for the Yankees standard.

Rivera was sent to Triple-A Columbus in 2002. Rivera was again recalled in 2003, this time to hit seven homers (including a multi-homer game) with 26 RBI. Although he is not known for his speed, Rivera is considered an above average fielder who gets a good jump on the ball, has a strong throwing arm, and is adept at playing the outfield corners: left and right field. He was traded to the Expos before the 2004 season. In Montreal he finished with a .307 batting average, 12 homers and 49 RBIs in 2004.

On November 19, 2004, he was sent along with shortstop Maicer Izturis to Anaheim in the same trade that brought outfielder José Guillén to the Washington Nationals. In his first season as an Angel, Rivera saw playing time as both an outfielder and a designated hitter. Although he started the season slowly, he stepped up his play in the final months of 2005 and finished with a .271 batting average and a then-career high 15 home runs and 59 RBIs in 106 games.

During the 2006 campaign, Rivera was made an everyday player, often starting at left field (or serving as the designated hitter when veteran Garret Anderson plays left). As of September 2006, Rivera is having his best statistical year yet, batting .302 with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs.

Juan Rivera was the starting left fielder for the Venezuelan team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic.


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Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2001 NYY 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2002 NYY 28 83 9 22 5 0 1 6 6 10 1 1 .265 .311 .361 .673
2003 NYY 57 173 22 46 14 0 7 26 10 27 0 0 .266 .304 .468 .773
2004 MON 134 391 48 120 24 1 12 49 34 45 6 2 .307 .364 .465 .829
2005 LAA 106 350 46 95 17 1 15 59 23 44 1 9 .271 .316 .454 .770
2006 LAA 124 448 65 139 27 0 23 85 33 59 0 4 .310 .362 .525 .887
2007 LAA 14 43 3 12 1 0 2 8 1 4 0 0 .279 .295 .442 .737
Career 466 1492 193 434 88 2 60 233 107 189 8 16 .291 .340 .473 .813

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
2001 NYY CF 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 NYY RF 2 0 9 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
2002 NYY RF 15 12 119 33 33 0 0 0 1.000
2002 NYY LF 15 13 115 21 25 2 2 1 .920
2003 NYY RF 22 13 128 25 28 3 0 0 1.000
2003 NYY LF 34 30 289 65 67 0 2 0 .970
2004 MON LF 10 9 71 17 18 1 0 0 1.000
2004 MON RF 104 74 721 151 167 13 3 3 .982
2004 MON CF 13 10 97 24 24 0 0 0 1.000
2005 LAA LF 33 32 297 72 75 3 0 0 1.000
2005 LAA RF 38 23 237 45 48 2 1 1 .979
2005 LAA CF 4 4 30 10 10 0 0 0 1.000
2006 LAA RF 33 26 242 50 54 3 1 0 .981
2006 LAA CF 20 19 143 34 39 3 2 0 .949
2006 LAA LF 56 54 478 126 136 7 3 1 .978
2007 LAA RF 7 7 53 9 10 1 0 0 1.000
2007 LAA LF 2 2 15 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total OF481 393 3155 712 764 38 14 6 .982

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