Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 230 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from Milwaukee in October, 2016
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #30 – 2017 Preseason
- Arizona League All Star, 2009
- Best Outfield Arm in SDP system, Baseball America, 2009
- Best Outfield Arm in SDP system, Baseball America, 2010
- Midwest League All Star, Midseason 2011
- Midwest League All Star, Postseason 2011
- #49 Prospect in MLB, Baseball America, Postseason 2011
- Best Outfield Arm in SDP system, Baseball America, 2011
- California League All Star, Midseason 2012
- Futures Game, 2012
- Best Power Hitter in SDP system, Baseball America, 2012
- Texas League All Star, Midseason 2014
Signed by Padres out of the Dominican Republic in 2007 as a youngster, Liriano burst onto the prospect scene by slashing .298/.365/.465 between Low-A and Advanced-A Ball in 2011 and he quickly landed on several 2012 pre-season top 100 ranking lists. His prospect stock begin to waver in 2012 when his numbers declined in A+ and AA and suffered even more when he was lost for the 2013 season thanks to Tommy John surgery on his throwing shoulder. To Liriano’s credit, he bounced back to nearly 2011 numbers in 2014, hitting .291/.362/.473 between AA and AAA, which earned him in a promotion to the majors. He struggled in his big league audition, spanning 121 plate appearances, and was relegated back to AAA where he spent the entire 2015 season. Following the 2015 season, the Padres traded Liriano to the Milwaukee Brewers after designating him for assignment. Any hope for a career revival in Milwaukee was cut short as Liriano was struck in the face by a pitch in Spring Training and missed all of the 2016 season. The White Sox claimed Liriano off waivers from the Brewers in October and he will vie for an outfield spot on the major league club in Spring Training.
It is easy to see why Liriano was a highly touted prospect. He has speed (209 career SB’s), power (68 career HR’s), plate discipline (.350 MiLB OBP), and by all accounts, plays solid defense in the outfield. Liriano played a lot of center field when he was younger, but he is probably better suited for a corner outfield spot, where he has been playing more recently. He has proved he is able to hit AAA pitching (.311/.399/.483), but the big question is can he stay healthy and can he translate his tools to the major league level? He should have every opportunity to prove himself in the Spring Training and has a shot at the fourth outfielder spot on the major league roster if he impresses.
Major League Outlook: Starting corner outfielder or fourth outfielder
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