Minor Leagues Beat Writer
Chicago Sports Online
The Carolina Flight on Friday named relief pitching prospect Jorge Rivera as its Pitcher of the Year for 2044. Carolina is the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Black Sox.
“He was a guy we counted on to come in late and put out fires and get us into the late innings,” said pitching coach Francisco Nava. “That doesn’t always show up in a guy’s stat line, but Jorge was someone we counted on.”
Chicago scouts are high on Rivera and believe he’ll be able to make similar contributions to the big-league club. They rate his overall potential at 50/60 in his most recent scouting report, with impressive skill ratings to go along with it.
Scouts rate his stuff at 9/9; his pitch movement at 7/8; and his control at 7/7. Although Rivera has a 3-pitch repertoire, only two are significant – an 8/8 fastball and 9/9 slider. He also throws a weak (2/2) changeup.
“His explosive stuff has scouts dreaming,” says his most recent scouting report. “Rivera will likely be suited for setup or long relief, and maybe pick up a few save opportunities.”
Rivera joined the Sox organization as 2nd Round Supplemental pick in the 2042 draft, and has been steadily working his way through the system ever since.
Frank H. Pabodie, Chicago’s director of scouting, said there’s no question Rivera will be back in the majors this coming season.
“He got his feet wet a little in 2044, but we think he’s better prepared now to come in and make a meaningful contribution to our bullpen,” Pabodie said.
Rivera said he was glad to hear that.
“I’ve gotta admit, I don’t want to be in the minors anymore,” Rivera said. “I’m ready for the bright lights of Sox Park. Bring it on!”