Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/23/14
From our <a href="http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/'http:/bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/2012-articles/march/2012-season-preview-minnesota-twins.html"">Twins season preview last Friday... Burning QuestionIs Francisco Liriano ever going to consistently be an ace pitcher? In his rookie year of 2006, at age 22, Francisco Liriano threw 121 innings for the Twins, striking out 144 with a 2.16 ERA. He was worth 4.1 fWAR. That season remains the second best of his career. He blew out his elbow and didn't throw an inning in 2007, and while recovering in 2008, he split the year between AAA Rochester and Minnesota, throwing a combined 194 innings between the two levels, striking out 180 and walking 63. It wasn't a bad effort, but the fact that most of his year was spent in AAA was a red flag to some people. In 76 innings in the majors that season, Liriano struck out just 67 and walking 32. Liriano spent all of 2009 in the majors, and it was a borderline dis...

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