The Padres claimed Luis Perdomo after the Giants put him on waivers. John Mozeliak had mentioned in recent interviews that the Cardinals would take Perdomo back given the opportunity but the Padres acquired their third St. Louis right-handed reliever in the last 6 months. This one was basically free.
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Claimed by the Padres. More commentary to come next week.
Azru: I received this post in an e-mail and it’s about a former and perhaps future Cardinal prospect. Stats are as of 3/19. FR welcomes well-written posts as guest submissions.
Is Luis Perdomo coming back to the Cards?
As most of you know the Cardinals received relief pitcher Luis Perdomo from the Indians last season in exchange for Anthony Reyes.
Perdomo will be 25-years-old next month, has a big sinking fastball and a good slider. He has racked up over 10 strikeouts per 9 innings in his minor league career, but has never pitched above AA and was older than most of his opponents at each level.
Chone and ZIPS both project Perdomo’s 2009 big league numbers to be around a 4.85 ERA with 30 walks and 45 K’s in approximately 60 innings. Not an eye popping projection, but Perdomo could certainly outperform those numbers and be a valuable cost controlled asset over the next few years.
The Giants obviously think the Perdomo has some value because they picked him in the Rule 5 draft this winter. This looked like a solid pick for a rebuilding team, but the Giants front office took something of a “win-now” approach in free agency. Now it’s unclear if the G-men will be able bring Perdomo north with the big club. Further complicating matters the Giants are considering an 11-man bullpen, meaning Perdomo could be facing an uphill battle for one of the teams last roster spots.
Perdomo hasn’t set the world on fire this spring, but has kept his head above water posting a 4.91 ERA with 7 K’s and 4 BB’s in 7.1 IP (small sample size but these numbers are similar to his Chone and ZIPS projections).
To get a better idea of where Perdomo stands I decided to email two Giants insiders to find out.
When asked if he thought Perdomo would make the Giants, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News responded saying “I think Perdomo will be traded or offered back to the Cards — especially if the Giants are serious about keeping 11 pitchers.” Baggarly also added that he’s been told the Cardinals want Perdomo back. Henry Schulman of the San Fransisco Chronicle thinks it’s still up in the air saying, “I don’t even think the team knows yet. I know they like him. We’ll have to wait til the end of camp to find out.”
If Perdomo misses out on a shot with the Giants due to a roster crunch, then it appears that the Cardinals will have a good chance of getting him back. While the Cardinals bullpen already has plenty of right handed arms, there is still some upside to a player like Perdomo who could go to Memphis and offer insurance in the event of an injury and provide even greater organizational depth.
Looks like the remains of Flat Hat are all but gone. Per John Manuel-
What a total waste.
update : 11:01am With the first pick, the Nationals take Terrell Young, a hard throwing right-hander with iffy command. Back to Perdomo, your points made in the comments are well noted that Perdomo might not be ready and is likely to be returned. I still am not sure why you would want to risk him not ever returning. For one, he’s all the Cards have to show for Anthony Reyes. Secondly, inferior talent was added to the 40 man roster in order to protect him. It’s not like it’s a huge deal, but it is a still a baffling decision to me. Depending on the team, there is still a decent chance someone keeps him.
update: 11:09am. And Perdomo is gone, taken by the Giants 6th. I would say a non-contender like the Giants have a good chance of stashing him on their roster all season long, don’t you? Waste. Veal is also off the board, going to the Bucs.
update: 11:34am. Cards pass on the 2nd round of the AAA portion and on the AA portion. I can’t find much on Russell Haltiwanger, but I’m sure they have a hard time fitting his name on his jersey. He’ll be 25 in April, from the Royals organization. He pitched 56.1 innings of relief for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, struck out 6.4 per nine, walked 4.6 per nine and posted a FIP of 4.09. Wilmington is the Royals high A affiliate, a league in which he was repeating. His 5.64 tRA was below league average…ugh. Wangafingers was a 29th rounder of the Reds, later to be traded for Jeff Keppinger.
To wrap up: Good luck, Cody Haerther. I am still baffled by the Scherer over Perdomo decision. We basically traded Reyes for $50K in a feeble epilogue of the Flat Hat saga. I’m glad Mark McCormick is safe and am looking forward to seeing what he can do in the bullpen next year. Runamucker is AAA roster filler, at best. Bah.
Now that everyone’s hackles are up from the title, this post is not about Anthony Reyes. I just like the shock value his name provides among Cardinal fans. The A-Rey swap brought another right handed reliever into the system: Luis Perdomo. After posting a .96 ERA in A+, he moved up to AA Akron in June. In the Q&A with Ben Badler, there was a throw-away line not to leave Perdomo out of the equation when discussing relief in the minors. I scoffed a bit at first when I read it so I wanted to go take a look at his 2008 season.