Dodgers Sign Pitcher From Tryout Camp

The Dodgers have signed righthanded reliever Ricardo "Ricky" Rivas to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Rivas was the only player out of 85 to receive a deal out after participating in a tryout camp at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

The 26-year-old Rivas spent last season with the El Paso Diablos of the independent American Association, where he posted a 4.82 ERA with a 5.5 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9 in 37.1 innings. A 48th round pick of the Pirates in 2004, Rivas didn't sign and instead headed to Oklahoma State before jumping into the indy ranks.


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29 Comments on "Dodgers Sign Pitcher From Tryout Camp"


Guest
5 years 5 months ago

interesting.

04Forever
5 years 5 months ago

what, did the guys at camp put on the movie “Invincible” and said, “hey, lets do that”

dodgers1111
5 years 5 months ago

Is anyone actually surprised? Anyways its probably the best move they have made this offseason.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Rod Barajas was signed through a try out…He could turn out to be solid.

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

Go Ricky Rivas! I love these kind of stories. I hope he makes it…

When I was at Bradley U., the baseball team offered a scholarship to a player they had seen at a tryout held in Chicago. Prior to the tryout, no one drafted him and no school offered him a scholarship. That player turned out to be Kirby Puckett.

Sometimes guys just fall through the cracks.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Same thing happened to Evan Longoria. No college offered him a scholarship and no Major League team signed him out of high school.

“Go Ricky Rivas! I love these kind of stories. I hope he makes it…”—– I completely agree with you!

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

I didn’t know that about Longoria. Talk about a guy falling through the cracks! Someone should put together an all-tryout team.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

I can only give you one more right now…Scott Richmond. But i’m going to do some research right now.

5 years 5 months ago

Not the same thing ,but a success story. Mike Piazza was drafted as a favor to his father in the 50th round, then ended up becoming the best hitting catcher of all time.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Absolutley right about everything except for his draft round. He was in the 66th round but it might have been 68. I’ll check it out right now.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

62nd Round.

Johnny_Felix
5 years 5 months ago

Longoria was a monster for the Dirtbags in Long Beach. great to see his success transferring over into the majors. he is a pretty humble dude too

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

He’s also under the most team-friendly contract in Baseball.

Johnny_Felix
5 years 5 months ago

from what i been reading didnt he get a scholarship to Long Beach after playing for Rio Hondo

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

After he graduated from high school that is, he didn’t get a scholarship.

Johnny_Felix
5 years 5 months ago

ah my mistake sorry brotha

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

You bet.

dodgers1111
5 years 5 months ago

i dont why this is not listed as one of the top stories, he could probably be the #5 starter.

flumesalot
5 years 5 months ago

Cool for the kid, but believe it or not it happens all the time, just usually not as newsworthy of a Jimmy Morris signing

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 5 months ago

Remember, guys, this is only the National League. This guy’s probably in the Cy Young conversation.

Dodgerblue18
5 years 5 months ago

Says the Yankee fan.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 5 months ago

I swear, no one on this site has a sense of humor. It’s a JOKE!!! I’m just making fun of how people (seemingly unjustifiably) act like the national league is an inferior afterthought of a league.

Sorry for the confusion.

Cool? Cool.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

it is just REALLY hard to tell when someone is joking online… some people actually feel this way

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 5 months ago

I believe meister Lincecum and Halladay would like a word

5 years 5 months ago

Don’t forget Mr. Carpenter or Mr. Wainwright!

Dirtbag Blues
5 years 5 months ago

I’m sure the Lookouts will be happy to have him.

Dodgerblue18
5 years 5 months ago

You know what.. besides not acquiring a big ace for our rotation (once Billingsley and Kershaw mature you may be looking at two aces already) I kind of like the approach that the Dodgers are taking this year. I’ve seen a lot of you gawking at all of the minor league deals that the Dodgers are dishing out to veterans but not only do I think we are making the best of the whole divorce issue by keeping a tight lock on the cash, but we are still improving this team whether or not anyone wants to believe it. Arguably best bullpen in baseball, one of the most solid lineups, and a starting pitching staff who is part ace potential and part veteran. All of these guys in the minors are fighting for a spot on the club. In making a run to the world series, I don’t mind seeing my team put together a solid core of veterans and future all stars to get everyone on the team the one thing they want.. the ring.

5 years 5 months ago

I’m sorry, but isn’t this just like the movie “The Rookie”? Although Jim Morris was a lot older than Rivas, but still. I hope he succeeds.

alleykat23
5 years 5 months ago

To me it just shows how desperate the Dodgers are for pitching.And how cheap they have become this off season.