The Padres made the Alexei Ramirez signing official on Friday. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the club designated outfielder Rymer Liriano for assignment. Liriano was considered one of baseball’s 100-best prospects heading into the 2012 and ’13 seasons. As Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes, Liriano is out of minor league options.
Liriano, 24, spent the entire 2015 season with Triple-A El Paso, where he hit .292/.383/.460 with 14 home runs, 64 RBI, and 18 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances. The numbers are flashy, but the Pacific Coast League is hitter-friendly, which helped Liriano’s numbers a bit.
Liriano made his major league debut in 2014 with the Padres. He put up a .555 OPS in 121 trips to the plate.