Meet the Nationals’ fourth-round pick Mariano Rivera Jr.


Mariano Rivera’s son, Iona College right-hander Mariano Rivera Jr., was drafted by the Nationals in the fourth round. He was previously drafted by the Yankees in the 29th round last year and decided to go back to school for another season, which worked out pretty well.

Rivera Jr. doesn’t throw a cutter, which seems like a shame, but he does have a fastball that reaches the mid-90s and what James Wagner of the Washington Post describes as a “power slider.”

Here’s what Nationals scouting director Kris Kline told Wagner about the team’s new pitching prospect:

The fact that Mariano’s kid is as good as he is right now, I’m sure his father had a lot to do with that. He has the genes there. He’s not a tall kid, but he’s got big shoulders, long arms, big hands, and that really helps as far as the durability for his size.

Rivera Jr. figures to sign for around $400,000 and told Wagner he doesn’t regret not ending up with the Yankees because “any team that picked me, I’d be loyal to them.”

(Check out the rest of Wagner’s well-done profile for more on Rivera Jr.)

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.