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Monday, August 11, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: RYMER LIRIANO OUTFIELDER SAN DIEGO PADRES

Having one of he all-time worst batting orders the modern game has seen in decades has made the San Diego Padres the top team to stream against when it comes to inserting available starting pitchers to boost counting stats and lower your team's ERA/WHIP for all of 2014.  However the Padre batting order will get an infusion of young talent and promise starting on Monday when top outfielder prospect Rymer Liriano makes his much-anticipated debut for he club.  The Padres officially called up Liriano from Triple-A El Paso late Sunday and have high expectations for a guy who has the ability to help across the board in all five ROTO stat categories.  In fact Liriano has been beyond hot since being promoted 15 games ago to El Paso as the Padres simply couldn't keep him down on the farm any longer.  Consider that in those 15 games Liriano hit a ridiculous .467 with 13 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  Even better, Liriano hit 15 home runs and stole 17 bases while batting .264 at Double-A in 415 at-bats.  Clearly Liriano has big time speed and a bat that has thump to it as well.  It goes without saying that guys who can succeed in both categories are incredibly attractive from a fantasy baseball angle and those looking for a late-season boost (especially those who just lost Carlos Gonzalez again) should absolutely look here right away.

As far as the advanced numbers are concerned, Liriano has some holes in his swing in terms of thre strikeout.  Liriano's K rate at Double-A was a high 24.6 percent which is why he hit only .264.  However Liriano has historically posted BABIP's above .320 due to his speed so he can outrun some of the strikeout tendencies like he did at Triple-A with his .467 average.  Still investing in Liriano is a means to help your runs, steals, and get a few home runs for the cost of a waiver spot.  Pick him up and worry about his adjustments later as we do with all rookies.

 

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