Carlos Rivero (baseball)

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Carlos Rivero
Rivero playing for the 2017 Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna
Third baseman
Born: (1988-05-20) May 20, 1988 (age 32)
Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: August 29, 2014, for the Boston Red Sox
NPB: July 22, 2017, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average.571
Home runs1
Runs batted in3
NPB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.215
Home runs6
Runs batted in21

Carlos Luis Rivero Milán (born May 20, 1988) is a Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman for the Algodoneros de Unión Laguna of the Mexican League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox.

Rivero was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent in 2005, and played for them for five minor league seasons (2006–2010) before joining the Philadelphia Phillies (2011) and Washington Nationals (2012–2013) organizations. He initially began as a strong-armed shortstop before being moved to third base, and has also spent time in left field. The Red Sox signed him in December 2013.[1][2]

In between, Rivero played winter baseball for the Leones del Caracas, Bravos de Margarita and Cardenales de Lara clubs of the Venezuelan League.[3]


Cleveland Indians[edit]

The Venezuelan infielder ranked among the 20-top Cleveland prospects from 2007 through 2009. He also was rated twice by Baseball America as having the best infield arm in the Indians organization in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, before being named the best defensive third baseman in the International League in 2012 while playing for Washington affiliate the Syracuse Chiefs.[4]

Rivero earned International League All-Star honors during the 2012 season when he played at Syracuse.[5] Previously, he was named the 2007 South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star while playing for the Lake County Captains, also a Cleveland affiliate.[1]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Not long after signing him, the Red Sox assigned Rivero to Double A Portland Sea Dogs to start the 2014 season. He then gained a promotion to Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox during the midseason.[6] He struggled after being called up to Triple-A, batting just .179 through eight games in the month of May. But Rivero improved the rest of the way, hitting .319 to go along with a .375 on-base percentage in June. He finished the month with a solid week, recording at least a hit in all seven games to be named the International League Batter of the Week. He went 12-for-28 (.429) during the seven-game span, raising his season average to .286. In addition, Rivero drove in five runs and scored six times, while compiling three extra-base hits, as his efforts helped Pawtucket conclude a 5-2 stretch.[5] But one thing kept Rivero in the Pawtucket line-up as he often filled the designated hitter role when he was not playing on the field. Overall, he hit .262/.320/.379 with five homers and 36 RBI in 74 games for Pawtucket before joining the Boston Red Sox.[2]

Major Leagues[edit]

After nine seasons in professional baseball, Rivero became a major leaguer when the Red Sox purchased his contract from Pawtucket on August 25, 2014 after placing shortstop Xander Bogaerts on the seven-day concussion disabled list.[7] He made his major league debut on August 29, pinch hitting for Will Middlebrooks. He was walked in his only plate appearance.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Rivero was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners on November 3, 2014 but on December 2, 2014 he was non-tendered and became a free agent. However, they soon re-signed him to a minor league contract.[8]

Second stint with Boston Red Sox[edit]

On August 9, 2015, Rivero was traded back to the Boston Red Sox for cash and assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.[citation needed]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On November 18, 2015, Rivero signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was assigned to Triple-A. Rivero signed a new minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on January 24, 2017.[9] He was released on June 19, 2017.

Tokyo Yakult Swallows[edit]

On July 6, 2017, Rivero signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Toros de Tijuana[edit]

On March 20, 2018, Rivero signed with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican Baseball League. He became a free agent following the season.

Bravos de León[edit]

Rivero signed with the Bravos de León of the Mexican League for the 2019 season.

Algodoneros de Unión Laguna[edit]

On February 16, 2020, Rivero was traded to the Algodoneros de Unión Laguna of the Mexican League.


On December 6, 2018, Rivero, Luis Valbuena, and José Castillo were in a car in Yaracuy driven by Rivero's chauffeur when the car struck a rock. The driver tried to avoid it, but crashed. Rivero and the driver survived, but Castillo and Valbuena were killed. Castillo, Rivero, and Valbuena were all members of Venezuelan winter team Cardenales de Lara, and had played a game the day of the accident.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Carlos Rivero page". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Baseball Reference Minor Leagues – Carlos Rivero Statistics". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Baseball America – Carlos Rivero profile". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Carlos Rivero named International League Batter of the Week". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Carlos Rivero Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Red Sox place Xander Bogaerts on the seven-day concussion DL". 25 August 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Todd, Jeff (January 24, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 1/24/17". Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  10. ^ Rome, Chandler (December 7, 2018). "Former Astros players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car accident". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Ardaya, Fabian. "Per this report, Luis Valbuena and José Castillo's car collided with a rock that rolled onto the road. The car was being driven by the driver for former D-Backs player and winter ball teammate Carlos Rivero". Twitter. Retrieved 7 December 2018.

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