The one-time crown jewel of the Padres Dominican program, Rymer Liriano, was traded to the Brewers yesterday after being DFA’ed last week. Liriano ranked as the 39th-best prospect in all of baseball, by Baseball Prospectusthree years ago, but a lost season due to Tommy John surgery combined with major-league struggles and a roster crunch left him expendable and, ultimately, a Brewer.

Jason Parks summed up Liriano’s prospects back in 2013:

Liriano will return to the Texas League, where the weaknesses in his swing were exposed in 2012, leading to weaker contact and swings and misses. If he can find his swing rhythm and stay consistent, the power is going to emerge, and it might be bigger than projected. The strength is there, the bat speed is there, but so far, the total offensive package hasn’t come together. If it does, Liriano is a monster. But even if it doesn’t arrive, he still has enough to play at the highest level.

If you’re at least mildly surprised that Liriano was cast aside this quickly, well . . . you’re not alone. While his prospect star has undoubtedly dimmed in recent years, he’s still just 24, he hit .292/.383/.460 last season in Triple-A, and he’s clearly more interesting than a number of players on the current 40-man roster, like, say, Carlos Villanueva or Josh Martin or Alex Dickerson. (Plus, Rhyming Liriano.)

While there’s a decent shot Liriano doesn’t develop into anything more than organizational filler—he’s got major strikeout issues, and most of the projections systems don’t love him—it’s disappointing that a team in the Padres situation, a team that’s maybe, kinda, sorta *shhhh* rebuilding, couldn’t at least hold onto him for another year or two. In the end, it was the Padres strange short-term push—the signings of Villanueva and Alexei Ramirez, and the trade for Jon Jay, for example—that pushed Liriano out, not to mention their Rule 5 draft extravaganza. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a young-ish post-hype outfield prospect around over a 31-year-old relief pitcher with a 4.18 career ERA (Villanueva) or a minor-league reliever (Martin).

In exchange for Liriano, the Padres picked up Trevor Seidenberger, who immediately fills Marc Rzepczynski‘s role as hard-to-spell left-handed pitcher. In fact, Seidenberger has more in common with Rzepahhforgetit than just a long last name:

Pitcher ERA HR/9 BB/9 K/9 K/BB
Rzep 3.96 0.8 3.8 8.5 2.24
Seid 4.38 0.9 4.0 8.5 2.14

Of course, one guy did that in the major leagues while the other did it primarily below Double-A ball, but, well, ya know. Still. That’s something, right?

One

He’s weighing those options now, working through some decisions.

He said he was 100 percent, he was fine.

Then just that freak incident on the steps.

He had the bat in his hand and he felt something in his forearm.

Two

We have to hope for the best in the future.

Three

He’s structurally intact.

He’s feeling better, and he’s doing fine.

It’s just been a slower recovery for him than most.

He just ran out of season.

Let’s get him as strong as possible.

Four

He was a soccer player and didn’t quite understand what he needed to do.

It was a great learning year for him in a lot of areas.

He wasn’t quite there yet.

Five

There were stretches of really good pitching.

Maybe he needed that bigger stage to totally focus.

Six

We wanted to err on the side of caution.

He came in and was quite honest.

Nip this in the bud instead of trying to push something.

Seven

His at-bats can be conducted a little bit better.

He’s got to be ready for the fastball, be ready in fastball counts.

Here, he’s let some good fastballs go without a swing.

We know he’s got the raw power.

Eight

He needs to gain experience, which takes time.

There is going to be a time where he’s no longer a secret.

He’ll have to make adjustments.

Nine

He showed determination through his time here.

It’s been great to witness him grow up.

Always could be counted on to do the right thing.

Let’s hope that it happens for him here.

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (75-82) were defeated 3-2 by the Colorado Rockies (66-92) last night, another season with more losses than wins* guaranteed.

*I’m trying to stay somewhat positive and not just say “another losing season,” alright?

Robbie Erlin (4-4, 4.53) pitched four innings to start the game, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.  Justin Morneau and DJ LeMahieu each had RBI singles, in the third and fourth respectively, off of Erlin.

Jorge De La Rosa (14-11, 4.10) pitched six innings and also gave up two runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.  Rymer Liriano and Alexi Amarista had back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth inning off of De La Rosa.

The big blow came in the Rockies’ eighth inning, when Drew Stubbs led off the inning with a home run to right field off of Dale Thayer (4-4, 2.09).  The Padres were unable to get past second base in their half of the eighth.  After Will Venable walked and stole second base, LaTroy Hawkins retired the final three batters for his 23rd save.

This evening is the final home game of 2014.  Joe Wieland (0-0, 9.00) gets the start against Yohan Flande (0-5, 4.91) and the Rockies at 6:10 pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub, pleading with the waitress to change the TV in your line of sight from Monday Night Football to the Padres game.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (66-77) lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-62) by a score of 9-4 last night, despite the Dodgers making three errors on the same play in the sixth inning.

Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 3.55) lasted just four and a third innings, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  A Juan Uribe solo home run in second inning was merely one of Despaigne’s problems on the night.

Clayton Kershaw (18-3, 1.67) pitched eight innings, giving up three runs, just one of which was earned thanks to a fly ball to center in the sixth inning that Yasiel Puig threw away towards first base trying to double up Rymer Liriano.  A.J. Ellis then threw it away trying to get Liriano at second base.  And then Hanley Ramirez erred on the throw home trying to get Yangervis Solarte.  At this point, Liriano managed to slide safely into home.  It was all very confusing to watch, not to mention type out after the fact.

Rene Rivera had an RBI single in the fourth inning.  Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run in the ninth inning off of Pedro Baez.  Carl Crawford hit a three-run home run off of reliever Frank Garces in the fifth inning for the Dodgers.

Tonight’s matchup in Dodger Stadium features Andrew Cashner (2-7, 2.39) versus Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 4.61) at 7:10 pm PDT.

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Here it is! All of the Padres bobbleheads that I own, in one single post! 57  139 (!!!!) different Padres, Chihuahuas, Beavers, Stars, BayBears, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, TinCaps, Emeralds, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I can’t recall the year, or if they were given away or sold, but I’m about 99.9% sure that it was in 2001.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from 2001 and I am uncertain if it was a giveaway or sold there it was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-With that said, the two biggest icons in Padres history, Gwynn and Coleman, have still never had a Padres bobblehead giveaway.

-A HUGE thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for providing the Rymer Liriano, Mat Latos, Matt Wisler, Josh Van Meter & Burt Hooton bobbleheads to the collection!!

-Another HUGE thank you to the El Paso Chihuahuas for providing the Manuel Margot & Austin Hedges bobbleheads!

-For more info on the Chris Denorfia unreleased bobblehead, go here.

-I’ve never seen the 1980’s Twin Enterprises bobblehead before, but I scooped it up. It’s in the 1985-1990 uniform, however I have never seen any of these holding a baseball. Perhaps it was a custom one?

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending your evening at the pub.  Then you fall asleep right after the game ends.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (59-65) defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers (71-57) by a score of 4-1 last night at Dodger Stadium.  Eric Stults (6-13, 4.53) continued his recent success, giving up just the one Dodgers run while pitching five innings on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts.  Dodgers’ starter Roberto Hernandez (7-9, 3.78) gave up all four (three earned) Padres’ runs in five innings on eight hits and two walk with only two strikeouts.

Alexi Amarista reached base in all four of his plate appearances, scoring two runs with an RBI.  Stults helped his own cause with a bases loaded single that Dodgers’ left fielder Justin Turner bobbled twice for an error.  Rymer Liriano made a nice catch in right field.  Kevin Quackenbush pitched the ninth inning for his first Major League save.

Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT Tyson Ross (11-11, 2.70) takes the mound in the final game in Los Angeles against Clayton Kershaw (14-3, 1.86) and the Dodgers.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending your evening at the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (56-62) defeated the Colorado Rockies (46-73) last night by a score of 4-1.  Odrisamer Despaigne (3-3, 2.72) shutout the Rockies in seven innings while giving up five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.  Rockies’ starter Yohan Flande (0-5, 5.36) surrendered two runs in five innings on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Rymer Liriano collected his first hit in the fourth inning, later coming around the diamond to score the second Padres run.  Chris Nelson and Tommy Medica made back-to-back plays on defense falling into the stands while catching foul balls.  Nelson then followed-up his outstanding play with a two-RBI single in the eighth inning.

This afternoon Ian Kennedy gets the start for the Padres against the Rockies’ Tyler Matzek.  First pitch of the getaway game is scheduled for 3:40 pm PDT at Petco Park.

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Rymer Liriano was pulled from his game in AAA El Paso on Sunday after only 2 at-bats. Apparently no one was on #HugWatch, because it took several hours for it to be announced that no, Liriano had not left the game with an injury, he was getting called up to the big leagues and will join the Padres in San Diego today. Let that be a lesson to everyone who attends baseball games: always be on #HugWatch.

After missing the entire 2013 season with Tommy John surgery, Rymer has fought back in 2014 to regain his status as one of the Padres top prospects. The Padres were conservative with him, having him repeat AA San Antonio as he worked his way back from injury, but after a mid-season promotion to AAA and his subsequent 1.182 OPS  over 62 plate appearances, GM A.J. Preller’s first real move in the organization will be Liriano’s promotion to the big leagues.

It’s fitting that Liriano’s promotion is Preller’s first move. Rymer is the first graduate of the Padres’ Dominican facility to make the majors, and Preller is best known for his ability in scouting, acquiring, and developing international talent. Signed by the Padres way back in 2007 at 16, he started making real waves in 2012, ranking as a borderline top 50 prospect on Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MLB.com prior to the start of the season. He remained on MLB.com’s and Baseball Prospectus’ lists prior to 2013, ranking as high as 39th according to BP. Read More…

We caught up with John Conniff of MadFriars.com and FoxSports San Diego after his recent trip to AA San Antonio. The Missions have had some of the top prospects in the Padres’ organization this year such as Matt Wisler, Austin Hedges, Jace Peterson, Rymer Liriano and Corey Spangenberg. We’ll catch up with John after each one of his stops at the Padres Minor League system and get the latest scoop from an insiders point of view.

A big thanks goes out to John for taking the time to chat with us. Make sure you also check out his Players of the Month article today.

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This is a list of the best prospects in the Padres’ organization.  To be eligible for this list a player must not have appeared in the majors. It’s a weird way to do things, but means more young prospects will appear.  Prospects are ranked both by their ultimate potential and the likelihood that they will reach that potential.  The easiest way to understand the rankings is to consider what order players would be selected in if the entire organization were eligible for a draft.  Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) for each prospect is when they would reach the majors if they were able to reach their potential.

Notes carried over from the 2013 Top 25:

  • Prospects have been split into tiers to help get a better idea of the talent gap between players (i.e. the difference between position 1 and 2 may not be the same as the difference between position 14 and 15). It is safe to assume that all players in a tier could be rearranged without much argument.
  • Risk Factors have been included to help show the largest road block faced in each player’s development

Tier 1

1) Austin HedgesHedges split his age-20 season between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio. While his overall offensive production doesn’t jump out at you, Hedges continues to be a tough out against advanced competition. He will head back to San Antonio to begin 2014, but minimal development is required before Hedges is able to contribute at the big league level. ETA: 2014

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