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Round 4, Pick #106: RHP Blake Rivera is Drafted as the Giants Stick to the Mound

The Giants picked their youngest player yet, a community college pitcher who might be a starter or might be a reliever.

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The San Francisco Giants clearly like their 4th round pick.

The Giants selected RHP Blake Rivera with their 4th round pick, #106 overall, after having drafted him as a high schooler in the 32nd round in 2017.

Rivera’s calling card is a hammer curveball in the Low 80’s, and he pairs it with a low 90’s fastball that has movement that he can ramp up to 95-96 here or there. He also has a changeup, but he didn’t use it much in the JuCo season at Wallace State. At 20 years old, he’s the youngest of what has so far been an all-college draft for the Giants.

Rivera was 10-0 this season, with 98 strikeouts, 35 walks and 28 hits allowed over 65 innings with a 1.75 ERA. He was the 2018 Alabama Community College Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Scouts are reportedly split on Rivera’s future, with some seeing him as a potential starter and others seeing his curveball as a real weapon out of the bullpen. On MLB.com, one scout parallels him to the best player to ever come out of Wallace State, Craig Kimbrel.

Rivera is ranked #111 by MLB.com and #169 by Baseball America. But not high enough to get actual game video footage by MLB.com, apparently.

Blake himself, however, posted a couple of short clips of his pitching, which doesn’t show too much.

(Blake is on the right)