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August 12, 2014

Deep Impact

Week 19

by Ben Carsley


Intro time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t. Stay. Here.

Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres
Liriano has long been a pet prospect of mine, and I was happy to allow confirmation bias to set in when I learned that Craig Goldstein loved Liriano, too. The talented outfielder destroyed High-A as a 21-year-old in 2012, and was productive in limited playing time in Double-A, too. Tommy John then deprived him of his 2013 campaign, but he hit .264/.335/.377 in 415 Double-A PA this season, hitting 14 homers and swiping 17 bags along the way. After a 16-game cameo in Triple-A, Liriano now finds himself in the majors, and he should see substantial playing time immediately.

Please don’t expect Liriano to hit for a good average. Ever, really, but particularly right now. Liriano has a penchant for swinging and missing and isn’t the most patient player in the world, though he’s not allergic to walks. And of his natural tools, his hit tool might be the worst. Generally, that scares me in a player, but in today’s power-starved atmosphere, Liriano can be a relevant fantasy player even if he only hits .240, provided that average comes with 20 homers and steals apiece. That’s not what you should project from Liriano initially, of course, but it’s what he could be producing by 2016.

The Padres are a really bad offensive team, and they don’t have a ton of hope for the future. Maybe Jedd Gyorko bounces back. Maybe Yasmani Grandal finally rounds into form. Maybe Carlos Quentin stays healthy for more than seven consecutive games. But still, Liriano is a rarity in that he could be a competent offensive player in San Diego, and that means he could be batting near the middle of the order come next April. This is a flawed player, but a potentially useful one in leagues with 16-or-more teams next season.

Side note: I made The Internet’s first “there’s no Rymer reason” joke. Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

Jacob Turner, P, Cubs
I’m not going to spend as many words on Turner as I did on Liriano, because he’s simply not worth the effort. Traded from the Marlins to the Cubs last week, Turner will now get a chance to redeem himself in The Organization That Turned Around Jake Arrieta, as it’s now formally known. Despite being drafted in 1985, Turner is still just 23 years old, so in spite of the extreme case of prospect fatigue some of us feel, he still has plenty of years remaining to tantalize and disappoint fantasy owners.

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