The San Diego Padres found a trade partner for Rymer Liriano who was designated for assignment last week with the official signing of shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The former top prospect had obviously fallen out of favor within the organization and it came as no surprise he was let go.
In return for Liriano the Padres gained another talented young left-handed pitcher. Trevor Seidenberger, 23, was the Milwaukee Brewers 12th round selection in the 2013 draft. He hasn’t made it past Double-A yet so he is not expected to have an immediate impact.
You never know though as he is a former collegiate pitcher. He pitcher for Texas Christian University and because he was drafted in 2013 the Padres did not have to place him on their 40-man roster. That works out well for the Padres as they are currently juggling their roster spots before spring training starts.
Roster Move: The #Padres have acquired LHP Trevor Seidenberger from the Brewers in exchange for OF Rymer Liriano who was DFA’d on 1/22
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 28, 2016
Seidenberger’s strikeout percentage is at 8.5 over his 129 minor league innings. That shows that he has the stuff to make hitters swing and miss. The problem is his walk percentage is at 4.0 over nine innings and that is unacceptable. He needs to be more consistent.
Seiderberger is known for his deceptive delivery and his three pitch arsenal. His fastball sits in the low 90’s but with his deceptive delivery it makes him difficult to hit. He also has a decent curve ball and an improving change up. He projects as a middle reliever and could be a situational lefty relatively soon in the major leagues.
The Padres cutting ties with Liriano shows that A.J. Preller is determined to change the farm system and nobody is safe. It makes sense as the whole system was basically made up of players he had no direct ties to. Preller is supposed to be a great evaluator of talent and Padres fans just need to give him time to prove that.
Acquiring another young left-handed pitcher is a great thing. The team has sorely lacked southpaw pitchers throughout their whole farm system and it seems they are aware of that past deficiencies.
As for Liriano, at the age of 24 he could conceivably have a decent career. He might need a fresh start to unlock the five-tool potential he has. With the crowded outfield the Padres currently have, Liriano was just in a bad scenario for playing time. Add to the fact he was out of minor league options, and it was inevitable.