Every year baseball fans eagerly await the multitude of top prospect lists for their favorite team. Jays From the Couch staff have been diligently working to put together our inaugural Top 15 Prospect List; unfortunately, every year there are several prospects that don’t make the list.
Despite not qualifying for our list, these prospects deserve to have their accomplishments and potential recognized.
First on the Jays From the Couch’s Honorable Mention list are a pair of International Free Agent pitchers signed out of the Dominican Republic: LHP Angel Perdomo and RHP Hansel Rodriguez. Both pitchers spent 2015 playing short season ball in the Rookie-ball and Lo-A ball.
D.O.B- May 7th, 1994
Tall left-handers tend to develop slowly, Angel Perdomo is no exception. The native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic signed as a 17-yr-old international free agent in 2011 and was left unprotected in this off-season’s Rule 5 draft. Thankfully teams decided to shy away from a slow developing LHP.
Perdomo relies heavily on a mid-90’s fastball, which touches 97 mph. His 6’6″, 200lbs frame allows him to achieve a good downward plain on his pitches; however, he struggles to control his tempo on the mound and tends to overthrow.
When he comes out of his delivery, he loses the strike zone, which drives up his pitch count.
2015 was a successful season for the tall lefty, who reached career highs with 69.1IP, 14 appearances, 3.9 BB/9, and 67 strike outs. Angel split time between Bluefield and Vancouver, finishing with a 6-1 record and 2.60ERA. Assigned to Bluefield on June 21, 2015, before being promoted to the Vancouver Canadians on August 12th, 2015.
Perdomo will enter 2016 with a chance to open the season in Lansing, pitch over 100 innings and establish himself as a legitimate pitching prospect.
D.O.B. February 27th, 1997
Signed for $330K in January 2014, the 6’2″ throws a mid-90’s fastball with an above-average curve and change. The Blue Jays used international bonus slot money they received from the Los Angeles Angels for LHP Brian Moran in the 2013 Rule 5 draft to sign the talented 16-yr-old.
Reports are that Hansel’s fastball is progressing nicely and flashed plus-plus potential. The 18-yr-old native of Dominican Republic, returned to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2015, with greater success. Hansel lowered his ERA from 7.11ERA in 2014 to 4.68ERA in 2015, while increasing his innings from 19.0IP and 42.1IP.
Rodriguez showed better control with 2.13 BB/9 and 7.87 K/9, and posted a very good .265 FIP.
Hansel should start 2016 with the Bluefield Blue Jays with a chance to see Vancouver. The hard throwing right-hander will see his inning limit increase to 65-70.
Next on Jays From the Couch Honorable Mention List, a pair of under performing Lansing Lugnuts.
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