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Rymer Omar Liriano

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 211 lb.

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Rymer Liriano has been a minor league outfielder.

Liriano signed with the San Diego Padres shortly after his 16th birthday for a $300,000 bonus; the scouts were Randy Smith and Felix Francisco. He hit .198/.296/.379 with 9 home runs in 67 games for the 2008 DSL Padres in his pro debut, striking out an incredible 106 times in 232 at-bats. He tied Kelvin De Leon, Starling Marte and another player for 4th in the Dominican Summer League in dingers but also ranked second in strikeouts. He came stateside in 2009 with the AZL Padres and painted a very different picture, hitting .350/.398/.523 with 44 runs and 44 RBI in 50 games. The only negative was 8 outfield errors, most in the Arizona League. He was 5th in the loop in average, 8th in slugging, tied for 7th in OPS, 6th in runs and 3rd in RBI (after Cody Decker and Randal Grichuk). Baseball America ranked him as the 4th-best Arizona League prospect, between Allen Webster and Grichuk.

In 2010, Rymer slumped, with only 3 home runs and 13 errors while playing for the Eugene Emeralds (.271/.335/.394, 17 SB, 7 CS in 53 G), Fort Wayne TinCaps (.191/.234/.293, 54 K in 188 AB over 50 G) and Lake Elsinore Storm (.220/.291/.320 in 14 G). He tied Arismendy Alcantara for the Northwest League lead with 6 triples. Baseball America listed him as the #8 NWL prospect, between Erik Stavert and Adys Portillo.

Liriano had a superb 2011 with the TinCaps (.319/.383/.499, 30 2B, 8 3B, 81 R, 65 SB, 20 CS, 11 E in 116 G) but sputtered in 15 games for the Storm (.127/.213/.182). He was among the Midwest League leaders in a slew of categories: steals (2nd, a distant 38 behind Billy Hamilton), times caught stealing (tied for first with Hamilton), average (4th, after Oscar Taveras, Josh Whitaker and Jake Marisnick), hits (145, 5th), triples (tied for 5th), runs (6th), slugging (6th) and OBP (8th). He led San Diego farmhands in steals and tied Reymond Fuentes for the most triples (9). He, Marisnick and Michael Choice were named the MWL All-Star outfielders, but Liriano won the MVP and Prospect of the Year Awards as well. Baseball America ranked him as San Diego's 3rd-best prospect and as the 5th-best MWL prospect (after Taijuan Walker, Hamilton, Marisnick and Nick Castellanos and just ahead of Taveras). They also named him the "Most Exciting Player" in the Midwest League.

Liriano began 2012 with the Storm and was at .298/.360/.443 with 22 doubles and 22 steals (in 29 attempts) after 74 games before a promotion to AA. In the 2012 Futures Game, he played for the World team in their 17-5 loss to the US. He replaced Alfredo Marte in left field and got one at-bat. Facing Walker, he flew out to Wil Myers.

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