Photo courtesy of David Conde from Legends On Deck
Over 5 minor league seasons, the recently turned 27 year old Rivera has hit .318/.784 in 520 games with 305 R, 116 DBL, 24 HR, 259 RBI, and 24 SB and has seen time at every position in the infield. He's not going to hit homeruns and he's not going to steal bases. However, he hits and gets on base, and therefore stands the chance of scoring and knocking in runs.
With JP Crawford soon ready to take over at SS, now might be the time to trade Freddy Galvis. Galvis himself would make a good utility infielder, and that's likely his future with the Phillies, but he will never hit for average like Rivera has the capability of. Rivera and Andres Blanco could handle SS until Crawford is ready, and Rivera could also make some starts at 2nd base and 3rd too if necessary. Hell, maybe Rivera could be the Phillies everyday 2nd baseman.
So, if I'm playing the role of Phillies GM Matt Klentak, I'm taking TJ Rivera with the 1st overall pick on the Rule 5 draft then seeing if Freddy Galvis and/or Cesar Hernandez can be traded to bring the organization something of use, preferably high level prospects for the bullpen.