Padres Promote OF Liriano; DFA Francoeur
The San Diego Padres official announced this morning that outfield prospect Rymer Liriano would be promoted to the big league club from Triple-A El Paso, and in a corresponding move, announced that veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur would be designated for assignment.
Liriano, touted as the Padres #6 prospect, has been a part of the Padres organization since 2008 when he was picked up through the team’s Dominican Academy: the first year that the complex had opened. Since joining the organization in 2008, the young 23 year old prospect has been well regarded as a 5-tool player with a lot of upside and ability.
Since being promoted to the team’s Triple-A Affiliate in El Paso, Liriano has posted an astounding .452/.521/.661 line in 16 games with 13 RBI and 12 extra-base hits. Prior to his promotion, Liriano was batting a solid .264/.335/.442 line with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, showing that Liriano may flourish in an environment with a stronger and more challenging competitive atmosphere.
Liriano will be available for tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies, and will wear #7 – a number which became available after the trade of veteran infielder Chase Headley.
Francoeur, a late offseason pickup following Spring Training, was called up in July following the suspension of outfielder Cameron Maybin. Since joining the club, Francoeur has posted a paltry .083/.179/.083 line, going 2-for-24 in 10 games with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.
The free-swinging Francoeur managed to collect 1 RBI in his time with the club, but outside of that has seen struggles returning to the big league level. Francoeur did flourish in the Pacific Coast League, however, posting a .294/.325/.465 line – a hopeful sign for the career .262 hitter.
With Francoeur being DFA’d, his future with the ball club remains uncertain, but for now Frenchy’s attempts to return to the show continue as the curtain rises on a potential star in Rymer Liriano.