Former Midwest League MVP Rymer Liriano made his major-league debut with the San Diego Padres on Monday, going 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly in his team’s 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. He batted seventh and played right field.
Liriano played 166 games with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, split between the 2010 and 2011 seasons. After batting only .191 in 50 games with the TinCaps in 2010, he bounced back with a vengeance in 2011, hitting .319 with 12 HR, 62 RBI and 65 SB. He was named the 2011 Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year.
Liriano missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, but once again bounced back nicely from adversity. He started this season by hitting .264 with 14 HR, 53 RBI and 17 SB in 99 games with San Diego’s Double-A team, then hit .452 in 16 Triple-A games before his call-up to the major leagues.
Farmer to make MLB debut Wednesday
RHP Buck Farmer spent most of this season pitching for the West Michigan Whitecaps. On Wednesday — after only two starts above the Single-A level — he will make his major-league debut for the Detroit Tigers.
Farmer went 10-5 with a 2.60 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 103.2 IP for the Whitecaps this season before being promoted to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. In two starts for Erie, he struck out 11 batters, walked four, and gave up four earned runs in 12 innings.
One ex-Cougar traded for another
In an exchange of former Kane County Cougars players, the Minnesota Twins traded OF Josh Willingham to the Kansas City Royals for RHP Jason Adam on Monday.
Willingham primarily played third base for the Cougars in 2001, when he batted .259 with 7 HR, 36 RBI and 24 SB in 97 games. His Kane County teammates included Miguel Cabrera (.268, 7 HR, 66 RBI in 110 games) and Adrian Gonzalez (.312, 17 HR, 103 RBI in 127 games).
Adam went 6-9 with a 4.23 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 104.1 IP for the 2011 Cougars, a team that included current Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura (4-6, 4.27 ERA, 88 strikeouts in 84.1 IP). He has made 18 starts/27 appearances this season, split between Double-A and Triple-A.