Luis Rivera (riverlu02)
Luis Rivera Gutierrez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 163 lb.
Luis Rivera, prior to being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Braves in 1995, attended Colegio Entelecheia Preparatoria Abierta de Toluca.
He began his professional career in 1996 with the GCL Braves, not playing in American baseball in 1995 because he was loaned by the Braves to the Mexico City Tigers. With the GCL Braves in 1996, he went 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA.
Rivera was ranked the 71st best prospect in baseball by Baseball America in 1999 and the fourth best prospect in the Braves organization. That year he went 0-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 66 2/3 innings. He struck out 81 batters in 66 2/3 innings of work.
In 2000, he was ranked the 51st best prospect in baseball and the fifth best prospect in the Braves organization. He began the season on the Braves Opening Day roster, making his big league debut on April 4. He made five relief appearances for the Braves, going 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of work. He spent time with the GCL Braves and Richmond Braves that year too, going a combined 0-3 with a 6.82 ERA.
On July 31, 2000, he was traded with Trenidad Hubbard and Fernando Lunar to the Orioles for Gabe Molina and B.J. Surhoff. He appeared in only one game for the Orioles, allowing a walk and a hit in 2/3 of an inning. He also appeared in three games with the Rochester Red Wings, going 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He played his final big league game on September 20, 2000.
He has been playing in the Mexican League since then.