Scouting New Cards AA Reliever Luis Perdomo

Cleveland's player development director comments on the Cardinals' weekend trade acquisition, Double-A reliever Luis Perdomo.

After five and a half years in the Cleveland Indians organization, the last two and a half in America, Luis Perdomo had emerged as a viable big-league bullpen candidate good enough to debut on the Indians Ink list of Top 100 Prospects at No. 55 coming into this season.

"He's got good arm strength and a good slider," Tribe player development director Ross Atkins said. "He's a bullpen possibility (for the majors), but needs to keep working." That is strong support from the former minor league pitcher not prone to use hyperbole.

After three good seasons in the Dominican Summer League, the right-hander made his state-side debut in the Gulf Coast League in 2006 and wasn't particularly spectacular, going 0-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 19 innings over 18 games. But he also had eight saves, only five walks and 28 strikeouts.

Promoted to low-A Lake County, he became a dependable workhorse in 2007, fanning 81 in 66 innings over 56 outings. He went 4-6 with a 3.27 ERA and 10 saves in 15 chances, walking 26 in 66 innings and allowing only 43 hits. His wicked slider was particularly devastating against right-handers, limiting them to a .138 average.

In June, had had an 0.77 ERA, only one walk and 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. He worked one inning to save the first no-hitter in Captains' history (Carlton Smith, 7 innings, Austin Creps, 1 inning, then Perdomo) on June 24.


Here in 2008, the 24-year-old has already made his first appearance for Springfield, striking out one in a scoreless inning on Sunday. Between two earlier stops at Kinston in the Carolina League and Akron of the Eastern League, Perdomo posted a 1.66 ERA and 19 saves in 40 games, fanning 60 and walking 34 in 54.1 innings, impressing Indians officials at both stops.

The Indians were looking for Perdomo to develop a consistent off-speed pitch to go with his mid-90s fastball and maintain better overall command. If he gets them, he can look to continue to move up.

The Luis Perdomo File

Born: April 27, 1984, in San Cristobal, DR
Position: Relief Pitcher
B/T: R/R HT/WT: 6-0/170
Acquired: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as a non-drafted free agent, April 23, 2003



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