Luis Rivera (pitcher)

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Luis Rivera
Born: (1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 40)
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 4, 2000, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 2000, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–0
Earned run average1.23

Luis Rivera Gutierrez (born June 21, 1978 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher, and current manager of the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican Baseball League. He is 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 163 pounds (74 kg).

Prior to being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Braves in 1995, he attended Sistema Prepatoria Abierta in Telucha, Mexico.

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 Tigres del Mexico. With the GCL Braves in 1996, he went 1–1 with a 2.59 ERA.

In 1997, he pitched for the Danville Braves and Macon Braves, going a combined 5–1 with a 2.03 ERA in 13 games started. In 62 innings of work, he had 84 strikeouts and 24 walks.

Ranked the 44th best prospect in baseball in 1998 by Baseball America, Rivera went 5–5 with a 3.98 ERA for Macon that season. He struck out 118 batters in 92​23 innings that season.

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​23 innings. He struck out 81 batters in 66​23 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​23 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.

Although he was ranked the fifth best prospect in the Orioles organization in 2001, he did not play at all that year or in 2002. On April 3, 2003, he was released by the Orioles. He has been playing in the Mexican League since then. On June 17, 2009 Rivera signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, but never pitched for them. In 2010, he appeared in one game for the Dorados de Chihuahua.