Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Yesterday it was announced that top Padres prospect Rymer Liriano will be called up to the Major Leagues. Liriano is currently the no. 6 prospect in the Padres system. He is only the second highest rated outfield prospect behind 2013 first round pick Hunter Renfroe. His lower ranking is more due to circumstance than ability. Liriano is touted for his five-tool athletic ability and was on the fast track to the majors going into last year’s Spring Training, but missed that entire 2013 season due to needing Tommy John surgery, which is an injury position players get very often. After rehabbing all of last year, the Padres organization wasn’t sure how he would respond and whether he would be the same player.
Liriano put that to rest. Liriano started the season at Double-A San Antonio where in 99 games owned a triple slash line of .264/.335/.442 with 20 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, and 53 RBI. Although not at Tony Gwynn status, he has a K:BB ration of 1.9:1, which is great to see for a young prospect. He still has room for improvement, but compared to recently promoted top Cubs prospect Javier Baez, I don’t see Liriano having a ton of 4 K nights at the dish. Let’s take a look down on the farm and see how the rest of the future Padres are doing.