Mariano Rivera is striking out batters left and right these days.
No, we're not talking about legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. This is his son, and he's lighting up the college ranks.
The younger Rivera was named Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday after striking out 13 Lehigh batters in seven scoreless innings for Iona last Saturday.
Rivera is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts this season. He has 22 strikeouts, four walks and five runs allowed (four earned) in 18 2/3 innings. He led the Gaels with 50 strikeouts in 70 innings last season and went 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA in 13 games. The Yankees drafted him with the 872nd pick of the 2014 MLB draft, but the two sides did not come to terms.
The elder Rivera, who retired after the 2013 season and is baseball's all-time saves leader with 652, is a guest instructor at Yankees spring training.