The Padres promoted a couple of the biggest names in the farm system Thursday, when Rymer Liriano was promoted to AA San Antonio, and Donavan Tate, the 3rd overall pick in the 2009 draft, was promoted to High-A Lake Elsinore.
Liriano is considered one of the Padres top prospects, and was the #49 rated prospect in all of baseball for 2012, according to Baseball America. Liriano rebounded from a brutal start, in which he hit just .197 in April, to become a California League All-Star. Liriano leaves Lake Elsinore with a triple slash line of .298/.360/.443, with 5 HR’s, 41 RBI’s, and 22 stolen bases.
The 2012 season has not been as kind to Donavan Tate. He has struggled mightily in Low-A Fort Wayne, producing a triple slash line of .207/.254/.294, with one homer and 21 RBI’s. Perhaps the Padres are hoping the promotion will help Tate get on track, as the Cal-League is known as a very hitter-friendly league.
Liriano is already on the Padres 40-man roster, so perhaps a September cameo in San Diego might be in the works for the young outfielder.