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July 28, 2014

The Buyer's Guide

Francisco Liriano

by J.P. Breen


It’s no secret that Francisco Liriano remains one of the more electric arms in baseball. He still has a lively fastball, as well as a devastating slider-changeup combination that can induce a myriad of swings-and-misses. When he throws strikes consistently and stays healthy, he can be dominant. Last year, he missed a few starts and only threw 161 innings, but he decimated the NL Central with a 3.02 ERA (2.92 FIP) and struck out more than a batter per inning. Ultimately, he was a top-30 starter and a wonderful surprise in all formats.

Fantasy owners remained skittish when drafting Liriano this spring. His average draft position didn’t reflect his 2013 performance, as owners worried about his health and whether he had truly discovered something that would lead to consistent, reliable performance on the mound.

Almost four months into the 2014 season, it seems those fears were wholly justified. Liriano has seen his walk rate jump to 12.1 percent, which ranks sixth among pitchers with at least 50 innings. He owns a 4.18 ERA (4.06 FIP) and is currently the 140th-ranked starting pitcher in ESPN leagues. You know how it goes with Liriano, though. The stuff is titillating. Fantasy owners (and big-league teams) will always have the “what if he figures it out for a stretch?” question in the backs of their minds.

We will do our best to determine if Liriano makes sense to grab as a high-risk upside play. This is inspired by BP subscriber, Masshole—which isn’t exactly a term that I thought I’d utilize in this space. Maybe it’s a term of endearment in the Northeast? I’m unsure. I’m nothing but a lowly Midwesterner who lacks culture.

That’s what I want to do in this space, though. I want to take your suggestions from the comments section or on Twitter (@JP_Breen), so if you want to see a particular player get the TBG treatment, be sure to drop a line.

Anyway, Francisco Liriano. Let’s do this.

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