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Smith on Padres Prospects

With a growing stable of Latin American prospects in the San Diego Padres system at all levels, international scouting director and new director of player development Randy Smith is enjoying the fruits of his labor, crediting the player development program for bringing out the strengths. We spoke with Smith about many of the bright prospects.

What is the biggest thing you have seen in the progression of Rymer Liriano? Randy Smith: Pitch recognition and plate discipline. To me, the tools and the numbers, none of that stuff really surprises me because this guy from the time we signed him was a five-tools, pretty special, physical guy. He's a young one. It's just a matter of him laying off the breaking ball. He started hitting some...

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