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Rafael Rivas (Spain)
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Rafael Rivas Viñas
- Born Right, Throws Right
Rafael Rivas has played in Spain's Division Honor, leading the league in steals every year from 2008-2010. In 2008, he hit .315/.453/.396 with 20 walks in 30 games for CB Sant Boi. He stole 21 bases in 23 tries and scored 32 runs. He led the league in runs, was third in OBP, was third in walks (behind Jose Cruz and Félix Isasi Jr.), was second in times hit by pitch (8) and led in steals (8 ahead of Daniel Sánchez). The infielder had 100 assists, second to Oscar Angulo.
In 2009, the 26-year-old put up a .336/.441/.418 line with 27 walks, 37 runs and 18 steals (caught 8 times) in 36 contests for Sant Boi. He fell to 11th in OBP, tied Sánchez for second in runs, tied Richard Montiel for 9th in doubles (10), led in walks, led in steals and tied Angulo for the most steal attempts. He was 5th with 108 assists and tied for third with 13 errors. Rafael was at .277/.451/.337 with 34 runs, 26 walks and 16 steals (in 19 tries) in 30 games. He finished fourth in walks and tied for the steal lead. In the 2010 European Cup, he was 4 for 15 with a double and a steal; only Sánchez had a better average for Sant Boi.
During the 2011 European Cup, Rivas hit .474/.565/.632 with five runs in five games for Sant Boi. He finished third in the Amsterdam round in average (behind teammate Juan Salazar and Germany's Robert Gruber), tied Juan Pablo Angrisano for fourth in hits (9), tied Gruber for third in total bases (12), tied Salazar and Roeland Henrique for the best OBP and ranked fourth in slugging.