Milton Meteors starter Edwin Rivera, drafted in the 10th round just this past June by the Ohio Oxen, will miss ten months after tearing a rotator cuff while pitching yesterday.
The 21-year-old from Mexico has had a circuitous route to his present posting at the Ohio Short Season A affiliate. He was originally signed out of Mexico by Battle Creek in 2011, before being released in 2013. In April of this year, he was set to join the Bull Oceanic League’s Sydney Sailors as a free agent, but with news the league was going to fold or evolve, went into the 2017 first year player draft as a BOL free agent. Ohio signed him 233rd overall in the June draft.
But the promising starter injured himself pitching to the Paradise Dust Devils in what was shaping up to be a promising effort. He had held the Dust Devils hitless after 2 innings, only allowing 2 walks while striking out two keeping them off the scoreboard.
This season, the right-hander has gone 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA in 10 games, over 46.2 innings in total, and maintaining an impressive 9.1 K/9 with a WHIP of 1.22. Now, with ten months of recovery time at the very least, he may just return in time for the start of minor league play next season.