Following the release of Williams Perez the Braves selected Armando Rivero from the Iowa Cubs. Armando was a somewhat significant signing out of Cuba for the Cubs, known for his big arm. The scouting report for Armando consists of a fastball that sits between 94-97 MPH, a hard biting slider that sits in the mid 80s, and a split changeup.
There was some traction at Rivero becoming a starting pitcher, but he found his home in the bullpen, putting up some devastating numbers for Iowa. He will walk a few, of course if you’re in the Rule 5 with his ability that’s probably why, shown by his 4.66 BB/9 but put up an outstanding 14 K/9 rate in 2016. In 2016 he struck out nearly 40% of the batters he faced, and accumulated an 2.13 ERA and 2.84 FIP, along with a 80% strand rate.
Yet another hard throwing arm in a Braves bullpen that should be much improved in 2017.
Non-MLB Phases of Rule V Draft
In the AAA portion of the Rule V draft the Braves selected LHP Cesilio Pimentel from the West Virginia Power. Other than having one of the best names in minor league baseball Cesilio has a fastball, low 90s, and slider combo that put up decent numbers in A ball. He appeared in 29 games accumulating a 2.65 ERA and 2.97 FIP along with an 8.47 K/9, and 2.65 BB/9 rate.
The Braves lost Brian Moran who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. Moran was, to say it was nicely as possible, not very good in his stint with Gwinnett last year. He appeared in 6 games, had a 1.69 K/9, and 5.06 ERA.
The Braves also lost Zach Bird, who was acquired in the now much maligned Alex Wood, Hec*** ******* trade. Bird, once a rapidly rising relief prospect, hit a big wall last year posting a career high 8.87 ERA, and 7.36 BB/9. He is hilariously ranked over players such as Ricardo Sanchez, Patrick Weigel, and A.J. Minter on MLB Pipeline’s prospect ranking.
Also lost, RHP Fernando Miranda, who last pitched in a Braves uniform in 2015 when he appeared in 10 games between GCL, ROK, and A ball. He put up...numbers for Tigres de Quintana Roo, going 7-7 with a 4.87 ERA, and 1.43 WHIP.
This concludes the always entertaining Rule V Draft.