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August 13, 2014

The Call-Up

Rymer Liriano

by Craig Goldstein


The Situation: The Padres announced on Monday that they were calling up outfield prospect Rymer Liriano, who checked in at no. 5 on our offseason Padres’ Top 10. To make room for Liriano, San Diego designated folk hero and professionally handsome man Jeff Francouer for assignment.

Background: Signed for $300,000 as an international free agent in the 2007 signing period, Liriano didn’t appear stateside until 2009 and didn’t appear on the pages of Baseball Prospectus until 2010. He’s shown a penchant for requiring a learning curve, with severe early struggles (and the occasional demotion) giving way to adaptation and improved production later on.

He saw Low-A Fort Wayne in two separate seasons, visited High-A Lake Elsinore three times, and stopped off at Double-A San Antonio twice. In the midst of all that, he required Tommy John surgery, which cost the promising prospect the 2013 season and the valuable development time it carried. He wasted no time getting back on track in 2014, recording a .264/.335/.442 slash line with 14 home runs and 17 stolen bases at Double-A. After a 16-game pit stop in Triple-A (.452/.521/.661), Liriano received the call to the major leagues more than seven years after signing.

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