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Arizona’s Alfonso Rivas selected in 4th round by Oakland Athletics

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The junior is likely to turn pro

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Arizona Wildcats junior first baseman Alfonso Rivas was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Rivas was the No. 113 overall pick. The signing bonus slot value for that selection is $493,000, per MLB.com.

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.”