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Kevin Rivers

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Kevin Michael Rivers

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Kevin Rivers has played in the Seattle Mariners minor league system since 2009 (through 2014).

Rivers hit .314 and slugged .505 as a college junior, finishing second in the Northeast-10 Conference with 19 doubles. He was signed by the Mariners as an undrafted free-agent by scout Brian Nichols and has had a couple particularly notable seasons to date. He hit .231/.355/.442 for the AZL Mariners in his pro debut.

In 2010, he hit .332/.466/.556 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI in 71 games for the Everett AquaSox. He was the Northwest League's best hitter according to The Baseball Cube and named him an Organization All-Star following the season. He was third in the NWL in average (behind Alvaro Ramirez and Mike Freeman), led in OBP (49 points ahead of A.J. Kirby-Jones), was second in slugging (20 points behind Kevin Mailloux), led in OPS (79 points ahead of Mailloux), was third in runs (48, trailing Mailloux and Mike Olt), was 6th in hits (80, between Ryan Scoma and Jared Hoying), tied Chandler Laurent for fourth in dingers, was 4th in RBI, was second in total bases (134, 10 behind Mailloux) and was second in walks (60, one shy of Kirby-Jones). He failed to make the NWL All-Star team, though - the outfielders picked were Hoying, Ramirez and Scoma.

With the Clinton Lumber Kings in 2011, the Connecticut native produced at a .249/.332/.406 clip and went deep 10 times in 281 at-bats. During 2012, he was with Clinton (.287/.388/.449 in 49 G) and the High Desert Mavericks (.224/.324/.442 in 47 G).

In 2013, with the Mavericks, he hit .297/.381/.515 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 92 runs scored and 36 doubles in 128 games. He also had 13 outfield assists. He was among the California League's leaders in slugging (6th, between Daniel Paolini and Addison Russell), runs (6th, between Mac Williamson and Gerson Montilla), doubles (2nd, 4 behind Devin Harris), RBI (2nd, 10 behind Andrew Aplin), total bases (250, tied for 7th with Harris), walks (66, 4th) and OPS (7th, between Brandon Meredith and Steve Selsky). He was also one of the Mariners' most productive farmhands - third in runs (after Chris Taylor and Jamal Austin), tied for second in doubles (with Ji-man Choi), second in home runs (5 behind Jabari Blash), led in RBI (by 7 over Patrick Kivlehan), was 4th in walks and led in total bases (11 over Taylor).

He began 2014 with the Double-A Jackson Generals.