A Toronto Blue Jays International Free Agent signing from 2011, starts off the 2017 JFtC Top Prospect List, #15 Angel Perdomo
It’s that time of year again! We’re counting down our Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects for 2017. We’ve selected our Top 15 and will be profiling each one. You are bound to find many of these lists in your travels, which makes for great conversation. The basis for rankings varies even more than the number of lists you’ll find. Some prefer to look at how close to “big league ready” a prospect is, while others look at “stuff” or “tools”.
To construct our list, we have scoured over scouting reports, numbers and a lot more to finalize our 2017 Top Prospects list. Feel free to weigh in on each selection in the comment section! It’s part of the fun!
Check out the Blue Jays prospects that didn’t quite make our list in our Honorable Mentions
DOB: 5/7/1994 (22 yrs-old)
Acquired: Nov 28th, 2011
The Toronto Blue had a really really good International Free Agent class in 2011. The fruits of the 2011 IFA class have already been felt, providing the Blue Jays with Roberto Osuna. However, much of the of the 2011 IFA class were exhausted during the 2015 Trade Deadline. When the dust settled on the deadline only Angel Perdomo remained from this class.
Tall left-handers tend to develop slowly. The 6 foot 6 Angel Perdomo is no exception. The native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic signed as a 17-yr-old. Perdomo spent two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before coming stateside in 2014 to play in the Gulf Coast League.
After the 2014 season, Perdomo’s development accelerated, making 9 starts in Bluefield before closing out the year in Vancouver. The tall lefty was left off the 40-man roster, making him eligible for the Rule 5 draft that offseason.
Unclaimed, Perdomo got his first taste of full season baseball in Toronto’s A-Ball affiliate, Lansing Lugnuts. Perdomo didn’t disappoint and finished as the club’s leader in innings pitched (127 IP) and K’s (156). He finished with 5 wins and 7 defeats, posting a 3.19 ERA.
While Francisco Rios, Sean Reid-Foley and Jon Harris were moved up to Dunedin, Perdomo remained to anchor the Lugnuts pitching staff. This may have been done to hide him from the 2016 Rule 5 Draft, or to allow him to continue to work on his mechanics without the stress of learning how to get Advance-A hitters out.
Whether it was increased workload or the league adjusting to him, Perdomo was unable to sustain his April (2-0, 2.04ERA) and May (0-1, 1.05 ERA) numbers. After throwing 7 shutout innings on May 29 and 6 shutout innings in his following start on June 3rd, Perdomo owned a sparkling 1.28ERA. That would’ve been the time for a promotion. Instead, he allowed 9 runs in his next two starts to see his ERA climb to 2.45.
Perdomo wouldn’t post an ERA below 4.23 in any of the remaining 3 months. His strikeouts and walk numbers stayed consistently in 10/30 range. The league went from hitting .143, .141, .222 between April and June to hitting .280 and .283 in July and August. This could explain his .309 BABIP.
Despite his late season struggles, if you can call it that, he still finished with a solid 11.06K/9 and 2.89 FIP. He also pitched in the Futures Game at the All-Star game, was named MiLB.com Organizational All-Star, Post-Season All-Star, and Mid-Season All-Star.
Perdomo throws a lot of fastballs, which average mid-90’s but can touch 97 mph. His tall frame allows him to achieve a good downward plain. He struggles to repeat his delivery and control tempo on the mound. This normally will lead to overthrowing and walks. As the year progressed, the lanky lefty did show improvement in this area, but there is still room to grow.
Expect the Blue Jays to move Perdomo up to Advanced-A Dunedin, where he could move quickly to New Hampshire if he finds early gains in 2017. Remember, the organization will want to see what they have in him if they are going to place him on the 40-man roster at the end of 2017.
Jays From the Couch looked at what could be in store for Angel Perdomo in 2017 (read me). In the piece, it was suggested that the bullpen could be a faster route to Toronto. Ultimately, that is where I think he’ll end up.
ETA: 2018 as a reliever
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