The Brewer’s landed OF Rymer Liriano from the Padres on Thursday in a trade that sent minor-leaguer left-hand pitcher Trevor Seidenberger to San Diego. Originally thought to be a key part of the Padres’ future, Liriano was designated for assignment last week in order to make room for Alexie Ramirez.
Liriano was signed by the Padres in 2007 and was touted as a key future player but spent most of the season shuffling around the Padres farm systems. His lone stint in the majors came in 2014 when he hit .220/.289/.266 over 38 games before being sent back to Triple-A El Paso where he spent all of last season.
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At one point Liriano was the Padres second best prospect (according to Baseball Prospectus in 20013). In his seven years in the minors he owns a .784 OPS, has hit 68 dingers and stolen 190 times. This past season he hit .292/.383/ with 14 HRs, 32 doubles, and 18 steals in games for EL Paso, in a notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
To get Liriano the Brewers gave up Seidenberger, who they drafted in the 12th round of the 2013 pick. He spent the majority of last season with High-A Brevard County where he put up a 3.06 ERA with a 24.5 perfect strikeout rate in 22 relief appearance before going to Double-A Biloxi where he put up an 6.75 ERA in eight innings of work.