- Finished 2-10 in the games I saw him with 2 singles and 2 RBI. Could care less about the numbers. He may very well struggle this season. But this is a young man who is as tooled up a player as I’ve seen the last two years. Baseball America rates him as the #2 prospect in the San Diego Padres organization behind Anthony Rizzo. When I see him run – and there were several plays where he was busting it 100% down the 1st base line, this guy can burn for a man his size. I’d be giddy if I was a Padres fan hoping Rymer can put the hit tool together. Should strike out a ton this season. Unfortunately this was the only time the Lake Elsinore Storm will be coming to Stockton. I will be keeping an eye on his numbers throughout the season. Updated 4-18-2012
Rymer Liriano is one of the most exciting prospects in the California League. The numbers may not be spectacular at the end of the season, but this is a young man with speed, power, and a loose throwing arm. Liriano has freakish athletic ability for a man who looks more like an NFL running back then baseball outfielder. His legs and upper body are thick, but has speed to spare making for the rare combination of a potential power/speed player. Watching Rymer work out before the game it is clear he has multiple tools in his chest. The outfield drills he displayed a good arm with a free and easy arm action on his throws home. His speed is noticeable and is eye opening when you see just how big he is. There are very few players in the Cal League that have this type of package. Padres fans should be very excited.
During the game Rymer struggled in his first at-bat and looked bad taking a breaking ball for a called strike three. In his 2nd AB he again struggled with the off-speed stuff and struck out. But the loudest hit of the night was Rymer’s RBI single to RF in the 6th inning. Loud and hard – it was a thing of beauty. After getting another single in the 8th, Rymer tried to steal 3rd base with only 1 out. A no-no of sorts. He was thrown out. He is ultra aggressive and goes hard when on the bases. Look for him to improve his decision making on the base paths. Updated 4-17-2012
In 2011 Rymer won the Midwest League (A-) MVP. He stole 65 bases, hit .319 and hit 12 HR’s in 116 games. He starts the 2012 season on the Lake Elsinore Storm – the San Diego Padres A+ team. I will update this page each time Liriano comes through Stockton to play the A’s team the Ports.