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Padres Prospect Rymer Liriano Needs Tommy John Surgery

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Rymer Liriano
Rymer Liriano

San Diego Padres outfield prospect Rymer Liriano has injured his elbow and will miss 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. Here is my pre-injury take.

Rymer Liriano, OF, San Diego Padres
Bats: R Throws: R HT: 6-0 WT: 230 DOB: June 20, 1991

2010: Grade C+; 2011: Grade C; 2012: Grade B+

Rymer Liriano is very impressive to watch in person. He's fast. He's strong. He's got a great throwing arm. When his swing is right and he's got the strike zone locked in, the ball jumps off his bat and he can drive it to any part of the ballpark with power. But you know the drill here; his approach is inconsistent, and he goes through phases where his swing gets out of synch. Double-A pitchers exploited his impatience and kept his offense in check (.251/.335/.377 in 183 at-bats), though he rebounded with a strong .319/.376/.505 performance in the Arizona Fall League. Liriano has Five Tool/Seven Skill potential and is just 21 years old, but he needs at least one more year in the high minors to get his hitting skills ironed out. High risk, high ceiling Grade B+.

ADDITIONAL COMMENT: Liriano's throwing arm is one of his best assets, so we'll have to see how his elbow impacts his fielding projection. Tommy John usually doesn't impact hitters too severely, aside from the development time lost during rehab. Liriano needs at-bats more than anything,so the injury is poorly-timed in that regard.