22-Year-Old Outfielder – San Diego Padres
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Poised to enter the 2013 season as San Diego's top hitting prospect, Liriano instead hit the operating room to undergo Tommy John surgery in mid-February, missing the entire year as a result. Followin...
Liriano will begin the season at Double-A San Antonio or Triple-A El Paso, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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San Diego Padres Roster
MajorsAlonso, Yonder (1B)
AAABuck, Travis (OF)
AAAsencio, Yeison (OF)
A+Baltz, Jeremy (OF)
AEflin, Zach (P)
RookieBauers, Jake (1B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Liriano is by most accounts, the top prospect in the Padres farm system and for good reason. In 2012 he produced a .280/.350/.417 batting line with eight homers, 32 doubles and 32 stolen bases over 621 plate appearances between High-A Lake Elsinore, Double-A San Antonio and the Arizona Fall League. Scouts are impressed by his ability to spray the ball to all fields and project him to hit for more power than he has shown to this point as he matures. At 21 years old, he has speed to burn as evidenced by his 65 stolen bases at Low-A Fort Wayne in 2011. Expect him to push for a promotion to the bigs as early as late 2013.
Liriano has a very long way to go before he'll make his big league debut, but at just 20 years old, he has plenty of time to continue his development. He began last season with the Padres' Low-A affiliate and actually fared well, posting a .319/.383/.499 slash line with an improved 18.3 percent strikeout rate. However, upon his promotion to the High-A level he struggled mightily with a .213 OBP and a strikeout rate that hit 21.7 percent, so it could take some time. His biggest asset is his speed, as evidenced by his 66 stolen bases and 74.7 percent success rate, but as the old adage goes, you can't steal first base. He'll likely start 2012 in High-A again and from there, we can better determine whether or not he can make another jump in level.