Luis Liria

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Luis Enrique Liria

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Luis Liria pitched professionally.

Liria was signed by Chicago Cubs scouts Jose Serra and Carlos Reyes in September 2007. He made his pro debut with the DSL Cubs 2, going 1-3 with two saves and a 4.10 ERA. His 14 hit batsmen were second in the 2008 Dominican Summer League. He also went 4 for 4 with a double, two runs and four RBI at the plate, but would only go 1 for 9 the remainder of his pro career. He split 2009 between the DSL Cubs 1 (1-0, 3.00 in 7 G) and AZL Cubs (2-1, 5.33 in 10 G). He pitched in 2010 for the AZL Cubs (2-2, 2.40, 46 K in 45 IP) and Peoria Chiefs (1-0, 10.29 in 3 G, 10 BB in 7 IP). In 2011, he was 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in five games for the Boise Hawks and 3-3 with a 3.77 ERA and two saves in 10 games for the Chiefs.

Liria spent all of 2012 with Peoria, going 2-5 with five saves and a 4.55 ERA in 39 games, walking 46 and throwing 14 wild pitches in 59 1/3 IP. That winter, he struck out the only batter he faced for the Estrellas Orientales in his Dominican Winter League debut. With the 2013 Daytona Cubs, he was 1-4 with two saves and a 6.90 ERA to end his US career. He gave up 3 runs in 1 2/3 IP for the Estrellas that winter.

Luis resurfaced with the Leones de Monteria in the winter of 2014-2015, allowing two unearned runs (5 H, 4 BB, 9 K) in 8 1/3 IP, going 1-1 with two saves in the Colombian League. He was on the Dominican national team for the 2015 Pan American Games and served as the closer on a staff that featured three former major leaguers as well as a couple other guys with AAA experience. He saved all three of their wins - Willy Lebrón's 8-5 win over Nicaragua, Claudio Vargas's 6-4 victory over the USA (which won the Silver Medal) and Kelvin Pérez's 4-1 win over Colombia. In the US win, he relieved Roberto Novoa with two on, no outs and a 6-3 lead in the 9th and retired Mac Williamson and Jeff Bianchi, gave up a run-scoring hit to Travis Jankowski but retired Andy Parrino on a game-ending grounder. He had a 2.46 ERA for the Games. His four appearances led the Dominican staff and he led the entire Games in saves, one ahead of Jeff Francis of Gold Medal-winning Canada, despite being on a .500 team.

The Santo Domingo native had three saves and a 1.69 ERA for the Leones in the 2015-2016 Colombian League; he was third in the circuit in saves.