LHP Angel Perdomo, who long teased Blue Jays prospect watchers with an electric fastball, signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with Milwaukee yesterday.
The tall, angular southpaw was a six year minor league free agent, and decdided to test the often uncertain minor league free agent market at the end of October.
Perdomo rose as high as #18 on the Blue Jays prospect rankings after a career year in 2016, when he fanned 156 hitters in 127 for Low A Lansing. He struggled with injury issues in 2017 and 2018, and was moved to the bullpen mid-season this year, where it’s long been suggested that his mid 90s fastball would play up. Perdomo fanned 30 in 19 relief innings, but his old nemesis – command – followed him to the pen, as he walked 16. At the end of the season, the Blue Jays must have felt they had enough LH bullpen depth in the system, and let him walk as a free agent.
It’s curious to see how Perdomo’s development was handled. He truly was a one step at a time player, and at no point was he challenged with an agressive promotion. Perdomo has always had trouble repeating his delivery and harnessing his stuff, and in six years with the organization, had not pitched past High A. The club gave him every chance to succeed as a starter, but it was not to be.
29 teams could have taken a chance with Perdomo when he was left off the Blue Jays 40 man roster, but he would have been the longest of long shots. The Brewers have little to lose with Perdomo – there’s the tiniest of chances that he could be a revelation in spring training, but if not, he becomes decent minor league depth. Eric Logenhagen of Fangraphs still feels there’s a chance he develops as a reliever:
Twenty-four-year-olds repeating A-ball typically don’t find their way into our consciousness, but lefties that touch 96 must. Perdomo’s command has taken a significant step forward this year as he has nearly halved his walk rate (12.6% down to 7.6%) and is showing especially improved command of his fastball and fringey slider to his glove side. He creates a tough angle in on the hands of righties and sits 90-95 throughout his starts. He’s made enough progress that you can project him as an eventual lefty reliever.