Liriano was one of the first autographs I pulled when I returned to the hobby in 2007. I didn’t know much about him but it booked pretty high in Beckett and demanded lots of attention when in my trade bucket. Francisco was touted by his organization as a “super prospect” and many compared him to Johan Santana. In 2006 he went 12-3 with an ERA of 2.16 causing his baseball cards to skyrocket. Unfortunately, since then he has been injury prone, had Tommy John Surgery, missed an entire baseball season, had a D.U.I, and even arrived late to this year’s Spring Training because of Visa problems with the Dominican Republic.
So far this season he is 0-3 with an 11.32 ERA earning him a trip to AAA. He’s still only 24 (27 by Dominican years) so don’t count him completely out but maybe attempting to sell his rookie card for $550 is not the best timing in the world. Of course, some poor sap paid $80 for an Andrew Miller 2007 Sweet Spot autograph so anything is possible these days.