Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/29/13
T.J. Rivera just finished his third season in professional baseball for the New York Mets. Over those three years, Rivera has compiled a .304/.359/.396 offensive stat line. He has also hit 12 homeruns and has 136 RBI–not too shabby for a top-of-the-order guy who plays the middle infield. Most people will look at this year’s numbers at St. Lucie as a regression, but it’s not the case. Rivera was called upon to hit leadoff in 2013, and it came with a fundamental offensive philosophy change. He found himself taking the first-pitch fastballs that he would normally jump all over. He found himself trying to take more pitches in order for the other hitters in the lineup to see what the pitcher had. In his first full season of high A-ball, he was named a Florida State League mid-season All-Star.  For his efforts, you won’t find him on any top prospect lists, and most Mets fans probably never heard of him, he just shows up to the ballpark and plays hard every day. This is what Jack Leathersi...
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