The left-handed-batting Rivas hit .342/.425/.529 with seven homers, 15 doubles, three triples, and 52 RBI in 2018, proving to be one of the best hitters in the Pac-12.
Rivas can also play corner outfield.
“There may be better players in the country, but there’s nobody I would want walking up to the plate with runners on base more than him,” UA head coach Jay Johnson said last week. “And he’ll be a success in professional baseball.”
Rivas has one year of eligibility left at Arizona, but he is likely to turn pro.
“Hopefully I’ve played my last game at Arizona, but I don’t know how to process it yet,” Rivas said last Monday, a few hours the Wildcats found out they missed the NCAA Tournament. “It hasn’t really hit me. So now we’ll just wait and see how I feel.”