Luis F. Rivera
Luis Felipe Rivera Despaigne
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 206 lb.
First baseman Luis Rivera has played for 15 seasons in Cuba (through 2011).
Rivera rapped 136 hits for Isla de la Juventud to lead the 2001-2002 Serie Nacional. In 2003, he had 32 hits for the Occidentales to tie teammate Michel Enríquez for the Súper Liga lead. After his ninth season, 2004-2005, he had batted .301/.376/.399 and fielded .987.
Luis was at .301/.430/.409 in 2005-2006, while fielding .995 at first. He fielded .990 in 2006-2007 and produced at a .325/.412/.451 clip with 22 doubles for Isla de la Juventud. In 2007-2008, he fell to .285/.404/.403 and fielded .988. His 64 walks were good for sixth in the Serie Nacional.
Rivera batted .308/.433/.459 with 69 walks and 76 runs in 87 games in 2008-2009; his fielding percentage was .998. He led the league with 836 putouts, 119 double plays (22 more than runner-up Leslie Anderson) and tied for 10th in walks. In 2009-2010, the veteran hit .319/.404/.449, fielding .996. His 114 double plays tied Lazaro Herrera for the most in Cuba. The steady contact man put up a .300/.412/.400 line in 2010-2011; he fielded .997.