Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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FRANCISCO LIRIANO LEFT HANDED PITCHER Born: October 26, 1983 Height: 6’2″ Weight: 215 Bats: Left Throws: Left Signed: International Free Agent, 2000 (Giants) How Acquired: Free Agent Country: Dominican Republic Agent: Greg Genske WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Liriano has been one of the more erratic pitchers of recent years.  He originally worked out for the Giants in the Dominican as an outfielder, but they quickly moved him to the mound.  He established himself right away as one of the best left-handed pitching prospects in baseball, but missed most of his second full season with shoulder problems, an issue that’s recurred from time to time.  Once he got healthy again, and after a trade to Minnesota, he quickly made it to the majors and was spectacular in his first full season, only to have his season cut short by elbow problems that resulted in Tommy John surgery.  In the five seasons he’s pitched since then, he pitched pretty well in one, extremely well in on...
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