Cardinals to Add Another Luis Perdomo

The St. Louis Cardinals have come to terms with a teenage pitcher from the Dominican Republic with a familiar name.

Any St. Louis Cardinals fans to whom the name Luis Perdomo might sound familiar, will recall the minor league right-handed reliever acquired in 2008 from the Cleveland Indians in return for former organizational top pitching prospect Anthony Reyes.

That Perdomo, Luis M. Perdomo, is a 26-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who following the trade, appeared in 15 games for Double-A Springfield. The Cardinals left him unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft that winter and he was taken initially by the San Francisco Giants and then claimed by San Diego off waivers. Perdomo did not make the Padres this spring and was reassigned to the minor leagues last week.

Now, the Cardinals are in the process of adding a new Luis Perdomo of their own.

Luis Perdomo (Morla) is a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher who also calls the Dominican Republic his home. While Perdomo has agreed to terms with St. Louis on a minor league contract, his background checks are not complete. Until then, the San Cristobal resident is not considered officially on board.

Though still lean-framed at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, Perdomo has considerable projection to fill out physically as he matures.

On the mound, Perdomo is said to have very clean mechanics. His fastball is in the upper 80's and low 90's. What sets him apart is a curveball with depth that he demonstrates great feel with. At 77-78 MPH, it offers a great contrast to his fastball.

The organization sees considerable upside in the youngster and will give him every opportunity to earn a spot in the Dominican Summer League Cardinals rotation in his first season as a professional.

Players report to the Cardinals academy in the Dominican on April 6 with the 2011 DSL season scheduled to get underway on May 28. Look for daily results recapped in the Cardinals Minor League Notebook, exclusively for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation.

Josh Jones also contributed to this article.



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