Jays From the Couch look at what 2017 has in store for Blue Jays tall lefty prospect, Angel Perdomo
Most prospects that fill the lower level of the minors are so young they go unnoticed; therefore, fail to receive the attention they deserve. It’s not until they reach the Florida State League or the Eastern League when prospects can truly be taken seriously on the prospect landscape.
Angel Perdomo, the tall 22-yr-old from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic officially arrived on the prospect landscape in 2016 despite spending the entire year with the Midwest League Lansing Lugnuts. Part of the Toronto Blue Jays 2011 International Free-Agent class, a class to yield closer Roberto Osuna, Jairo Labourt, Jesus Tinoco, Miguel Castro and Alberto Tirado. With Labourt being included in the 2015 trade deadline deal that landed David Price, Tinoco and Castro being included in the Troy Tulowitzki deal, and Tirado being included in the Ben Revere deal, Perdomo is the lone survivor.
A member of the 2016 Futures Game, Mid-Season and Post Season Midwest League All-Star, Perdomo has worked hard to get where he is. He spent 2 full seasons in the Dominican Summer League, before coming state side in 2014 with a full season with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, where he started to show his potential. After 3 seasons in the Blue Jays minor league system, Perdomo put together another strong season in 2015, splitting the year between Bluefield and Vancouver.
Then came 2016: 25 starts. A record of 5-7 and 3.19 ERA. Leading the league with 156 strike outs over 127 innings.
It’s possible that the Blue Jays were strategic in leaving Perdomo at A-Ball. A strategy implemented in an effort to hide the 6’6″ lefty from, the recently passed, Rule 5 draft. Not many teams would risk a pick on a pitcher with zero experience above A-Ball, with a reputation of not being able to repeat his delivery.
Or it’s possible the Front Office felt he wasn’t ready?
After posting a first half record of 2-2, 2.45 ERA with 75K over 58.1IP, Perdomo posted a second half record of 3-5, 3.82 ERA with 81K over 68.1IP. Definitely not enough of a second half regression to warrant not getting a promotion in the second half.
2017 could be a huge year for Angel Perdomo.
He will no doubt start the 2017 season with the Florida State Dunedin Blue Jays. I expect to see the deceptive lefty to be a quick mover, heading to New Hampshire quickly if he performs well in April and May. From there Perdomo could move quickly to Buffalo or even skip Triple-A all together with a September call-up a very real possibility. However, it is unlikely that Perdomo will be ready for a full-time rotation spot before 2019.
If everything goes well, that is. Another possibility for Perdomo would be for him to follow the path of fellow 2011 IFA Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro took to the Big Leagues. That’s right, the bullpen.
A move to the bullpen would fast track Perdomo. His low 90’s fastball, slider and change would play up once through the lineup. The Blue Jays are in need of a power arm, being left-handed is a plus. His splits, vs LHB .191 BA and vs RHB .233, his 11.06 K/9 and 3.83 BB/9, further support a switch to the bullpen should be a route Perdomo and Blue Jays should take.
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