It’s the New Year, and that means its resolution time. For Felipe Rivero, he promised to be even nastier in 2018, if that even possible.
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Rivero is nasty. With a fastball that averaged over 99 miles-per-hour in 2017, he is one of the hardest throwers in the game. His stuff is just flat out nasty.
Felipe Rivero, pure 🔥 3 Pitch Sequence ("get me over" 103mph Fastball, just below the zone 103mph Fastball and...a 93mph changeup). pic.twitter.com/uNIXeW2qLn— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 28, 2017
A 93-mile-per-hour changeup?!? Must be nice. As midnight was approaching and 2017 was coming to an end, Rivero took the time out to wish a Happy New Year to all of his fans, and especially his haters.
#HappyNewYear2018 to all my friends, fans and even the haters. Rest assured 2018 will be filled with fastballs and nightmares. Stay safe tonight. //#FelizAñoNuevo mi gente. Que el 2018 no los coja desprevenido. 😂 #NightmareRivero #magnusstrong pic.twitter.com/notHyCdrQg— Felipe Rivero (@Rivero43) December 31, 2017
Good luck 2018 hitters ... https://t.co/wAqOO3aykR— MLB (@MLB) December 31, 2017
Rivero is coming off a fantastic year as the Pirates closer. He pitched to a 1.67 ERA across 73 games, including converting 21 of 23 save opportunities. He also racked up 88 strikeouts in just 75.1 innings of work.
If Rivero’s New Years Resolution holds true, that’s not a good sign for hitters next season. He is establishing himself as one of the elite arms in the game, and if he can continue his dominance, then that’s bad news for his haters.