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Essex Resident Rivers Gets Drafted by LA Angels
- by Ben Boehl -


Rivers (pictured here at Eastern Tech in 2007) led Tech to a state title and is now
in the Angel’s farm system.

Just like many kids, Essex resident Ryan Rivers started playing baseball at the young age of 5. He played baseball for the Essex Rec. Council and the Harford Sox. Rivers graduated from Eastern Tech and helped lead the Tech Baseball team to a state title in 2007. He was good enough to receive a scholarship to play baseball at The University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he majored in mechanical engineering. For most players, baseball is over after high school or college, but not for Rivers. Not only will he continue his baseball career, but also he will get paid to play as Rivers was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
“It was a great feeling to get drafted. I worked hard my whole life and to get that phone call was a special feeling,” Rivers said.
Being drafted wasn’t a total shock as Rivers said the Angels contacted him a few days before the draft. Although Rivers thought he’d be selected between rounds 12 - 20, the Angels drafted Rivers in the 35th round.
The 21-year-old Rivers is scheduled to meet with a scout in the next few days and believes he could head out to the west coast by the end of this week.
“The scout who drafted me said he will meet with me when he gets back to the east coast,” Rivers added. “I don’t know where I am going, but there is talk that the team in Tempe (in the rookie league) needs a first baseman. That would be great.”
Rivers was hoping to be drafted out of high school in 2007, but decided to go to college after he wasn’t drafted. If a player goes to college in baseball, he cannot be drafted until the end of his junior year or after he turned 21.
Even though he’s been drafted, he doesn’t feel too much pressure on the field. “The pressure is on for me to decide if I should finish school or go on to play ball. It’s a tough choice, but I feel like I’m ready to play at the next level,” Rivers explained.
Rivers finished up his junior year at UNC-Charlotte where he led the team in home runs (13), RBI’s (63), doubles (16), slugging percent (.630) and total bases (136). 
After starting his career as a pitcher in his freshman year, Rivers moved over to first base. Rivers was named to the Atlantic-10 All-Tournament Team in 2010 and was a Second-Team All-Atlantic 10 selection in 2009.
He graduated from Eastern Tech in 2007 and has fond memories of the school and its baseball team.
“I had a great time at Eastern Tech. I remember every year we were in contention for a state title,” Rivers said.