This past season, Padres’ fans were excited and disappointed at the Rymer Liriano experience in San Diego. After killing it in a brief Triple-A audition before getting his shot with the big club, Liriano was hitting .452 with no home runs, 13 RBIs and 11 doubles in only 16 games. Well, the advancement to the big club didn’t go quite as smooth. Striking out at a 32% clip, Liriano struggled to find plate discipline, as well as pitch recognition. Liriano finished 2014 by hitting a paltry .220, with one home run and six driven in, and striking out 39 times in 121 plate appearances. This led to the Padres’ pursuit of Yasmany Tomas in free agency.
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The call-up struggles aren’t discouraging the 23-year-old outfielder, as he participating in the Dominican Winter League right now, and is continuing to work on his game in anticipation of getting a chance to fight for the starting right field job with the big club in 2015. Liriano recently hit his second long ball of winter league play, and over the past seven days, he is 8-for-26 with two runs driven in. For the winter league season, he has a slash line of .286/.338/.384. Perhaps with a strong winter league finish, and a strong spring training, Liriano can avoid starting the season back at Triple-A El Paso, where right now, he is expected to start next season. Several other Padres’ prospects are sprinkled throughout the various international winter leagues as well, and Friars On Base will be providing updates on those players soon!