The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic league of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the signing of infielder T.J. Rivera, a former New York Met during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. He begins his second season with the Ducks and 10th in professional baseball.
Rivera played with the Ducks in 2019 before the Washington Nationals purchased his contract on August 4. He went on to play in 15 games for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, totaling four RBI, four runs, nine hits and three doubles.
“T.J.’s performance with us in 2019 was worthy of having his contract purchased by a Major League organization,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “We are happy to welcome him back to Long Island and help him achieve his goal of returning to the MLB level.”
While with the Mets, the Bronx-born Rivera posted a .304 batting average, eight homers, 43 RBI, 37 runs, 17 doubles, two triples, and a .335 on-base percentage. He also laced a double during the Wild Card playoff game against the San Francisco Giants.
Additionally, New York named the Troy University alum as an MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2012, 2014, and 2016 and has earned Mid-Season All-Star honors on four occasions (2012, South Atlantic League; 2013-14, Florida State League; 2016, Pacific Coast League).
The Mets originally signed Rivera to a free agent deal in 2011.
— Jerry Del Priore
(Photo: Long Island Ducks).