Join Jays From the Couch in reviewing the season that was for Blue Jays 6-foot-6 left-handed pitching prospect, Angel Perdomo
I’m not a fan of Top Prospect lists but I will be using MLB Pipeline’s 30 Blue Jays Top Prospect list as my guide to providing ‘Year in Review’ for Toronto’s minor league system. After all, many of you would rather read about how a prospect fared in 2017 whose name you’ve heard of. The non-MLB Pipeline prospects will appear on this website at some point this offseason but for now, let’s start with number 30.
I don’t know about you but I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Angel Perdomo to take that next step in his development. I get that left-handed pitchers develop slower than right-handed pitchers, but come on.
I really thought 2017 was going to be Perdomo’s year. MLB Pipeline had Perdomo’s pre-season ranking at #20 in Toronto’s system, showing that I wasn’t alone in my high hopes.
There were several factors which contributed to my theory of Perdomo breaking out in ’17. First, he was entering his year 23 season. Second, he was considered to be on the cusp of the 40-man roster since he will once again be exposed to the Rule 5 draft. Lastly, Angel Perdomo would be able to walk as a minor league free agent at the end of the year.
Put all these factors together and you get a prospect which should have seen multiple levels in 2017, even if it were to gauge how close/far he was to the majors.
None of this happened.
Angel Perdomo managed to start just 16 games with his season coming to an end on July 8th.
The 6-foot-6 Perdomo had mixed reviews during the first month of the season. He allowed 6 home runs in 5 starts and opponents batted .314 off him. He managed to finish the month with a 2-1 record and a respectable 3.86 ERA despite allowing 32 hits over 25.2IP while walking 11 and striking out 19.
The 2011 International Free-Agent cut down on the long balls in May, allowing just one home run. He finished with a 2-2 record and 3.42 ERA. Control problems continued to plague the lefty, as he walked 17 and struck out 22 in 23.2IP.
The native of Dominican Republic had his best month in June despite posting a losing record of 1-2. He posted a sparkling 1.88 ERA in 5 starts, allowing just 17 hits over 24 innings. He cut his walks down to 12 while maintaining a decent k-rate with 21. Perdomo was able to hold batters to a sub-.200 batting average for the first time in 2017 with a .193 BA.
Perdomo made just one start before heading to the DL. Angel Perdomo pitched 2 innings, allowing 7 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3.
The 23-yr-old, Angel Perdomo finished the season with 16 starts, a record of 5-6 and a 3.70 ERA. Perdomo pitched just 75 innings, allowing 74 hits, and walking 43 batters. The tall lefty failed to strike out greater than a batter per inning for the first time in six seasons with 65 K.
Angel Perdomo pitched better against left-handed batters, holding them to a .233 batting average and posting a 1.43 WHIP. Against right-handed batters, Perdomo posted a 1.61 WHIP while allowing RHB to hit .267 off him.
Angel Perdomo consistently threw over 90+ pitches per outing but only pitched 6 innings 4 times in 16 starts.
Perdomo’s best game score, 75, came during a May 26th start against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Perdomo pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits while walking one and striking out 7.
According to Fangraphs.com, luck may have been on Angel Perdomo’s side in 2017. Perdomo posted a 4.59 FIP and 4.91 xFIP which is less attractive than his 3.70 ERA. Perdomo gets the majority of his outs via the flyball, finishing with a 36.7 GB%. He owes his decent 7.5 % HR/FB to his high flyball rate but there was no hiding the ugly 0.84 HR/9 he finished with.
Never shy about issuing a walk, Perdomo walked 5.14 batters per 9 innings while striking out 7.77 per 9IP.
The 3 most likely outcomes when Angel Perdomo takes the mound in 2017 were: strike out (65), single (53), and BB or FB (43).
Toronto’s 30th ranked prospect has a chance to fly under-the-radar again this offseason. Decisions will need to be made about where best to utilize the tall lefty, as a starter or out of the bullpen. With the upper minors filling up with legitimate pitching prospects, Angel Perdomo could find himself in the bullpen whether he likes it or not.
It would surprise the heck out of me if Angel Perdomo were added to the 40-man roster this offseason but it would also surprise me to see Perdomo’s name selected during the Rule 5 draft.
With just 16 Florida State League starts under his belt, I expect that Perdomo will return to Dunedin to start the year. If he’s a member of the D-Jays to start ’18, it will be as a starting pitcher. He will be joined by Patrick Murphy and Justin Maese in the rotation, along with 2017 draftee Nate Pearson, and possibly Josh DeGraaf. If he’s pushed up to Double-A, joining the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, I expect that it will be as a starter/reliever.
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