Angel Perdomo followed up a breakout 2016 campaign with an inconsistent and injury-riddled 2017 campaign.
Angel Perdomo has a talented arm and has managed to advance past Vancouver and Lansing, starting the 2017 season in Dunedin. The young hurler has seen some successes since being signed in 2011. Perdomo was inconsistent this year and missed several months with an injury. Because of this he saw play in only 16 games.
Name: Angel Perdomo
Position: SP Age: 23
Height: 6’6 Weight: 200
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Acquired: Non Drafted Free Agent Signing
Perdomo still has quite a bit of raw potential but remains unrefined at this stage of his career. He continued to be a consistent Strike Out machine, producing 65 K’s in 75 innings. There comes the downside. While is “K” potential is tantalizing, his ability to control the ball is the problem. He had multiple outings where he couldn’t find the zone, and his numbers suffered because of that. His BB9 rate jumped from 3.8 to 5.1. While not the highest of his career, it certainly did him no favors. Despite his rocky year, he did manage a 5-6 Win/Loss record. He had an ERA of 3.7, inflated from his 3.19 the year before. Also troubling was his career high WHIP, sitting a good 20 points higher at 1.55.
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Perdomo’s repertoire features 3 pitches. The towering Southpaw has a toolbox that features a mid 90’s fastball, a slider, and a deceptive changeup. All three pitches help him post such a tremendous strikeout ratio. If he can nail down his control more and add perhaps another pitch, he could develop into a terrific starter. Yet for now, his control will be what he needs to nail down most. With Conner Greene a member of the Cardinals, Perdomo could see a quick promotion to New Hampshire to take his place. This will be dependent on how well he starts the year. At this point, Perdomo will develop as a starter. Yet he currently profiles as a better bullpen hand. His dynamic K potential would allow him to be a devastating late-inning pitcher. If he sees any time with the Blue Jays in the next two years, it would likely be in that role. He is still much to unrefined, to see any time in the Major League rotation. Yet with bullpen uncertainty, there is a possibility that he could make the majors as an injury filler.
Several things will factor into whether he can turn things around in 2018. The biggest will be his walk ratio. A better command will benefit him greatly. It will lower his overall numbers, while also giving him a better K9 ratio. The next step would be to work on his pitching lineup. He has a decent ability already, but he will likely need to develop another successful pitch if he is to see any time as a starter. Angel Perdomo is an exciting prospect, and at just 23, he still has time to develop his stuff into Major League form. While I expect he will eventually be moved into a bullpen type job, the longer he continues to develop as a starter, the better it will be for him.