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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
15 605 .239 .302 .372 75 1.5
Birth Date9-8-1976
Height6' 1"
Weight220 lbs
Age43 years, 3 months, 7 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2001 DET 24 4 12 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .333 .500 76 -0.3 -0.4 0.0 0.0
2002 DET 25 39 138 30 8 1 1 4 35 1 0 0 .227 .254 .326 49 -8.2 -0.8 0.5 -0.2
2003 SDN 26 19 58 9 1 0 1 5 11 0 0 0 .170 .241 .245 65 -2.4 -0.2 0.0 0.0
2006 MIL 29 46 158 38 9 0 6 10 21 3 0 0 .268 .325 .458 94 -0.5 -1.1 0.4 0.6
2007 MIL 30 11 15 3 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 .231 .286 .692 89 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.0
2008 MIL 31 21 69 19 5 0 1 6 10 1 2 0 .306 .377 .435 85 -1.1 -0.4 1.7 0.3
2009 MIL 32 41 132 26 7 0 2 15 32 2 1 0 .228 .326 .342 76 -3.5 -0.1 5.8 0.8
2010 FLO 33 7 17 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 .000 .176 .000 76 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 0.0
2011 MIL 34 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 84 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0
Career1896051313211343118830.239.302.37275-16.7-3.58.01.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1998 WMI A MDW 0 420 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LAK A+ FSL 0 393 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 JAX AA SOU 0 25 .000 .000 .000 .125 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LAK A+ FSL 0 260 .000 .000 .000 .321 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 JAX AA SOU 0 157 .000 .000 .000 .229 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TOL AAA INT 0 13 .000 .000 .000 .273 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB AL 4 12 .261 .329 .421 .400 101 0.9 0.4 0.2 76 12 0.0 -0.4 -0.3 0.0
2001 ERI AA EAS 112 473 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB AL 39 138 .269 .331 .432 .299 98 -8.8 4.0 2.3 49 18 0.5 -0.8 -8.2 -0.2
2002 TOL AAA INT 74 305 .000 .000 .000 .254 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SDN MLB NL 19 58 .261 .331 .428 .195 99 -6.4 1.5 1 65 15 0.0 -0.2 -2.4 0.0
2003 CHR AAA INT 68 271 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 POR AAA PCL 13 51 .000 .000 .000 .276 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHR AAA INT 11 45 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAC AAA PCL 49 184 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NAS AAA PCL 60 228 .278 .343 .445 .280 92 10.8 5.0 3 112 0 -0.5 0.7 4.6 1.2
2006 MIL MLB NL 46 158 .266 .335 .431 .274 93 0.1 4.8 2.8 94 15 0.4 -1.1 -0.5 0.6
2006 NAS AAA PCL 60 236 .269 .340 .409 .325 97 8 6.7 3.3 110 0 4.0 0.5 3.7 1.8
2007 MIL MLB NL 11 15 .243 .306 .386 .125 105 0.6 0.4 0.3 89 35 0.0 -0.2 -0.2 0.0
2007 NAS AAA PCL 96 382 .275 .343 .432 .216 98 -15.5 11.4 3.9 70 0 19.5 -4.0 -11.7 1.8
2008 MIL MLB NL 21 69 .269 .338 .441 .353 100 0.7 2.0 0.9 85 15 1.7 -0.4 -1.1 0.3
2009 MIL MLB NL 41 132 .265 .330 .420 .296 98 -4.8 3.8 2.1 76 11 5.8 -0.1 -3.5 0.8
2009 NAS AAA PCL 3 13 .262 .331 .408 .375 83 -0.8 0.4 0.2 54 0 0.0 0.0 -0.6 0.0
2010 FLO MLB NL 7 17 .240 .326 .399 .000 91 -2.8 0.5 0.2 76 10 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 0.0
2010 CHT AA SOU 58 224 .258 .334 .381 .338 98 2.4 6.4 3.9 121 0 12.7 -4.0 6.0 2.5
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 14 52 .266 .336 .416 .143 112 -7.1 1.6 0.8 14 0 2.2 -0.1 -6.3 -0.2
2010 NWO AAA PCL 3 10 .272 .322 .425 .125 91 -1.6 0.3 0.2 15 0 0.3 0.0 -6.3 -0.5
2011 MIL MLB NL 1 6 .261 .309 .419 .400 107 -0.1 0.2 0.1 84 9 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
2011 NAS AAA PCL 61 218 .275 .346 .426 .295 97 -6 6.8 3.8 79 0 10.9 -3.1 -5.2 1.3
2011 AGU Wnt DWL 20 58 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 PAW AAA INT 43 154 .255 .328 .382 .311 96 -5.9 4.6 2.5 77 0 3.7 -4.9 -3.5 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1998 WMI A MDW 420 403 40 111 34 3 9 178 67 15 68 0 2 .275 .305 .442 .166 0 0
1999 JAX AA SOU 25 23 3 4 1 0 2 11 6 2 5 0 0 .174 .240 .478 .304 0 0
1999 LAK A+ FSL 393 370 44 103 20 2 14 169 72 20 59 1 1 .278 .321 .457 .178 0 0
2000 LAK A+ FSL 260 243 30 71 19 4 11 131 53 16 45 2 0 .292 .338 .539 .247 0 0
2000 JAX AA SOU 157 150 10 29 8 1 2 45 9 7 30 0 0 .193 .229 .300 .107 0 0
2000 TOL AAA INT 13 13 0 3 3 0 0 6 1 0 2 0 0 .231 .231 .462 .231 0 0
2001 ERI AA EAS 473 415 76 120 19 1 33 240 101 44 96 2 2 .289 .371 .578 .289 0 0
2001 DET MLB AL 12 12 2 4 2 0 0 6 1 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .500 .167 0 0
2002 TOL AAA INT 305 265 43 66 11 1 20 139 53 35 64 0 1 .249 .343 .525 .275 0 0
2002 DET MLB AL 138 132 11 30 8 1 1 43 11 4 35 0 0 .227 .254 .326 .098 1 0
2003 CHR AAA INT 271 245 38 76 11 0 12 123 52 16 50 0 1 .310 .374 .502 .192 0 0
2003 SDN MLB NL 58 53 2 9 1 0 1 13 2 5 11 0 0 .170 .241 .245 .075 0 0
2003 POR AAA PCL 51 50 0 8 1 0 0 9 2 1 21 0 1 .160 .176 .180 .020 0 0
2004 SAC AAA PCL 184 170 12 38 7 2 5 64 20 10 34 1 1 .224 .265 .376 .153 1 1
2004 CHR AAA INT 45 40 3 4 0 1 0 6 2 3 12 0 0 .100 .182 .150 .050 0 0
2005 NAS AAA PCL 228 214 34 61 12 1 16 123 43 9 37 3 1 .285 .323 .575 .290 0 0
2006 MIL MLB NL 158 142 16 38 9 0 6 65 24 10 21 0 0 .268 .325 .458 .190 2 1
2006 NAS AAA PCL 236 213 30 63 11 0 10 104 46 13 40 3 3 .296 .348 .488 .192 0 0
2007 NAS AAA PCL 382 349 37 75 15 0 19 147 61 24 71 5 5 .215 .273 .421 .206 0 0
2007 MIL MLB NL 15 13 2 3 0 0 2 9 3 1 3 0 0 .231 .286 .692 .462 0 1
2008 MIL MLB NL 69 62 8 19 5 0 1 27 14 6 10 2 0 .306 .377 .435 .129 0 0
2009 NAS AAA PCL 13 13 1 3 1 0 0 4 3 0 5 0 0 .231 .231 .308 .077 0 0
2009 MIL MLB NL 132 114 10 26 7 0 2 39 14 15 32 1 0 .228 .326 .342 .114 1 0
2010 FLO MLB NL 17 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 .000 .176 .000 .000 0 0
2010 CHT AA SOU 224 183 20 47 16 0 2 69 22 35 48 2 2 .257 .387 .377 .120 0 0
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 52 48 4 6 2 0 2 14 2 2 19 0 0 .125 .173 .292 .167 1 1
2010 NWO AAA PCL 10 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .111 .200 .111 .000 0 0
2011 NAS AAA PCL 218 193 16 46 10 0 7 77 31 19 55 2 1 .238 .315 .399 .161 1 2
2011 MIL MLB NL 6 6 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 0 0
2011 AGU Wnt DWL 58 57 7 13 3 1 2 24 7 1 18 1 0 .228 .241 .421 .193 0 0
2012 PAW AAA INT 154 140 7 35 5 0 3 49 18 8 35 0 1 .250 .312 .350 .100 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 232 0.4655 0.4569 0.7642 0.6389 0.2984 0.8551 0.5946 0.2358 0.0032
2009 538 0.4740 0.4610 0.6895 0.6549 0.2862 0.7784 0.5062 0.3105 -0.0042
2010 64 0.4844 0.4531 0.6552 0.5484 0.3636 0.8235 0.4167 0.3448 -0.0012
2011 15 0.6667 0.6000 1.0000 0.7000 0.4000 1.0000 1.0000 0.0000 0.0000
Career8490.47590.46170.71280.64330.29740.80670.53230.2872-0.0019

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-14 2012-03-30 Camp 16 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2010-07-02 2010-07-17 Minors 15 0 Not Disclosed -
2009-04-29 2009-05-14 15-DL 15 14 Left Ankle Sprain -
2009-03-05 2009-03-18 Camp 13 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-03-27 2007-03-27 Camp 0 0 Knee Infection -
2007-03-06 2007-03-07 Camp 1 0 Left Knee Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 MIL $415,000
2008 MIL $395,000
2002 DET $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,010,000
3 yrTotal$1,010,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 122 d1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 12/12/11 (minor-league contract). Released by Milwaukee 3/30/12. Signed by Boston as a free agent 4/20/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 10/14/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 5/17/11. Sent outright to Triple-A by Milwaukee 5/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/21/09 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Yankees 4/3/10. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 4/16/10 (minor-league contract). Released by LA Dodgers 8/28/10. Signed by Florida as a free agent 8/31/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Florida 9/4/10. Sent outright to AAA by Florida 10/6/10.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2009). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/09 ($0.237M in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2008). Re-signed by Milwaukee 12/07 ($91,100 in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.3895M (2007). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/07 ($0.1106M in minors).
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/06.
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2005). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 1/05 (split contract). Released by Detroit 4/05. Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 5/05 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.305M (2004). Signed by Chicago White Sox 2/04 ($0.108M in minors). Claimed by Oakland off waivers from White Sox 4/04.
  • 1 year (2003). Acquired by San Diego in trade from Detroit 11/02. Signed by San Diego 2/03. Claimed by Chicago White Sox off waivers from San Diego 6/03.
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2002). Re-signed by Detroit 2/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Contract purchased by Detroit 9/01.
  • Signed by Detroit 1997 as an amateur free agent from Puerto Rico.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Mike Rivera has hit 13 major-league home runs in 605 plate appearances; if he'd thrown out more than 25 percent of potential base thieves in his career, he'd have a better chance to collect number 14.
2010 Rivera has spent the last two seasons as a seldom-used backup to the dessicated remains of Jason Kendall, a humiliating job description if ever there was one. Once a well-regarded prospect with burgeoning power and questionable receiving skills, after years of benign neglect itís hard to say what Rivera is now. Non-tendered in December, Rivera became a free agent, but the question remains: if he couldnít prove himself more valuable than Jason Kendall, how likely is he to steal playing time from anyone?
2009 Mike Rivera is the Maytag repairman of backup backstops, a lonely man due to starter Kendallís durability; heís capable of a larger role, though he wonít hit up to his 2008 level.
2008 Once the Brewers shed their Chad Moeller fetish in 2006, Mike Rivera stepped in as Damian Miller's backup and hit .268/.325/.458, but the acquisition of Johnny Estrada that winter forced him to spend last year in Nashville.
2007 Prior to the season, Rivera was a career emergency catcher with a .218/.255/.315 batting line. Called up because the Brewers finally gave up on Chad Moeller, Rivera responded to his first big league service time since 2003 by showing the pop he can deliver when he`s at his best. With Miller and Estrada around, Rivera won`t get a chance to show that wasn`t a fluke unless someone gets injured or traded.
2004 Any catcher who has a season with 33 home runs is going to get at least a couple of chances, and the Sox did not hesitate to pick up Rivera after failed trials in Detroit and San Diego. While his solid numbers in Charlotte do not suggest a player who has learned any new tricks-his high batting average, unaccompanied by improvement to his plate discipline, looks like a fluke-Rivera's power is legit, and he'd be an overqualified backup for a team willing to give him a chance. Fairly or not, he has gained a reputation for having a poor rapport with his pitchers.
2003 Traded to the Padres in mid-November for Gene Kingsale because the Tigers theoretically have a surplus of catching talent and a deficit of unproven speedy outfielders that canít hit, neither of which is true. Rivera isnít a blue-chip prospect, but he has real power and should easily replace the departed Tom Lampkin and resident floater Wiki Gonzalez as San Diegoís regular backstop. While his defense is questionable, Bruce Bochy should be able to tutor Rivera to enable the team to benefit from his bat. Unfortunately for Rivera, too many teams refuse to start subpar defensive catchers who can thump the ball. In most cases, the best solution is to play the hitter and find a good catch-and-throw guy (theyíre easy to come by) as a reserve. By using the catch-and-throw receiver as a late-inning defensive replacement and spot-starting him against opponents who run a lot, a team can maximize its offensive production from the position while minimizing the defensive damage. Even assuming that Kingsale has value, they had other options in center and didnít have to give Rivera away. A Rivera/Inge "platoon" could have been a big plus for Detroit.
2002 Rivera nearly doubled his career-high in walks, and presto!, he was the best hitter in the organization and was named the best power-hitting prospect in the Eastern League. The Tigers suddenly have a peck of catchers. Even ignoring Fick and Meluskey, the Tigers must decide between Inge, a terrific backstop who does less damage at the plate than Lara Flynn Boyle, and Rivera, who can mash but whose glove has more holes than the lone-gunman theory. As always, bet on defense to win out in the spring and for offense to take over in the summer.
2001 Itís a credit to roving catching instructor Glenn Ezell that the Tigers have a bushel of fair catching prospects while hopefuls at other positions die on the vine. This abundance may help rationalize--but certainly doesnít validate--moving Munson to first base. Mike Riveraís bat is his ticket to The Show, so his initial dislike of Double-A pitching isnít encouraging. He needs to learn to be more selective at the plate, a course of study that hasnít been a prerequisite to playing in Comerica Park.

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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2001 mlb .000 0.0 150 .000 0.0 5 -.008 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 mlb .003 1.2 1481 .002 -0.8 27 -.012 .003 0.2 0.6 0.5
2003 mlb .002 0.4 862 .001 -0.2 11 .010 .006 -0.1 0.1 0.0
2005 aaa .000 0.0 2436 .001 -0.6 52 .001 .004 0.0 -1.7 -0.5
2006 mlb .004 1.9 1819 .000 0.0 38 .054 .008 -1.3 0.7 0.4
2006 aaa .006 3.7 2076 .001 -0.3 42 -.001 .002 0.0 3.3 4.0
2007 aaa .023 19.9 3040 .001 -0.9 37 -.010 -.001 0.3 20.1 19.5
2007 mlb .000 0.0 147 .000 0.0 3 .009 .000 0.0 1.3 0.0
2008 mlb .017 2.3 631 -.001 0.1 16 .039 .003 -0.4 2.3 1.7
2009 mlb .018 5.6 1372 -.003 1.3 22 .015 .000 -0.2 6.8 5.8
2009 aaa .002 0.1 125 .000 0.0 1 .009 .000 0.0 0.5 0.0
2010 aax .017 10.9 2625 .001 -1.0 63 -.039 .014 1.6 9.8 12.7
2010 mlb .003 0.1 210 .010 -0.6 3 .008 .001 0.0 -0.6 -0.5
2010 aaa .010 1.9 760 .000 0.1 10 -.005 -.001 0.0 1.6 2.6
2011 aaa .015 9.5 2378 -.001 0.5 33 -.026 -.003 0.6 10.0 10.9
2011 mlb .002 0.0 53 -.005 0.1 1 .000 -.001 0.0 0.1 0.1
2012 aaa .009 4.2 1749 .000 0.0 32 -.002 .000 0.0 5.3 3.7

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