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Luis Rivas -- By Robert Sherry

Luis Rivas: The future shortstop of the Minnesota Twins, the only question regarding Rivas is his hitting as he moves up the ladder closer to the majors.

A 20-year-old, he has already completed a full season at Double-A New Britain (.254, 7 HR, 49 RBI, 30 2B, 7 3B, 78 R, 41 BB, 92 SO and 31 SB in 527 AB). Rivas, who stands at just 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, has shown very good power for his size. What I found most surprising while looking over his stats was that he equaled Michael Cuddyer's extra-base hit total (44). Cuddyer can be consider a possible future Scott Rolen.

This righty was signed out of Venezuela in 1995 and has more potential than the other young shortstop in the Twins system, Cristian Guzman. In the field, he has the ability to be a very good fielding shortstop, but he does tend to boot the routine ball. This could be just a lack of concentration as young middle infielders commonly have this problem (even Rey Ordonez did).

Give him one more full season in the minors (at Triple-A) before he competes for the starting shortstop spot. However, if Guzman shows improvement at the plate, you could see Rivas get an extra half-year of seasoning in the minors at the beginning of 2001.


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