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Charting Vancouver Canadians’ Angel Perdomo

Piggy-backing off of (see what I did there?) my recent piece charting Jon Harris, today’s post focuses on Angel Perdomo, the C’s most recent addition from Bluefield, who had been working the relief portion of the two-time duet.

As I hadn’t been able to get the piece written prior to Monday when I was able to see Perdomo again, this time flying solo, I thought I’d combine the two appearances together with some ‘expert’ analysis.

After both outings I was unable to catch up with C’s management to ask why the Dominican native was initially coming in behind Harris.  I don’t want to speculate but it seemed odd given Perdomo had made nine starts for Bluefield, only one of which came in under five innings.

Given the flux of the C’s starting staff, with Ryan Borucki seemingly shut down and Tom Robson promoted, why use two of your better starters in on one day?

Anyway, I’m not the manager, on to the numbers:

Running Pitch Count FBs Slider Change Total FBs Slider Change
0 0 0 0
Totals 77 62 10 5 1st 16 15 1 0
Strikes 44 Min 91 84 84 2nd 29 24 4 1
Balls 33 Max 95 87 86 3rd 31 23 4 4
Avg Velo 92 85 85 4th 1 0 1 0

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At 6’6″ and 200 pounds, Angel is a physical specimen.  He reminds me a bit of former Blue Jays farmhand Jairo Labourt — not least because of their similar build and fact they are both lefties.  Like Jairo, Perdomo’s delivery is dependent on tempo, when he’s working controlled, he has a very slow buildup with a downhill stride and smooth arm action.  When he maintains that, his release point is a consistent.  It’s when he starts hurrying up, overthrowing, like Labourt, he develops some head whip and misses his spots more often than not.

Unfortunately for Perdomo, during this first appearance, his delivery only really stayed consistent through the first inning where he had two K’s — one on a fb one on a slider — and a pop out.  With his slower arm speed and long stride, Perdomo’s fastball, even in the low-90s, seems to get on hitters in a hurry.

To leadoff the fifth (his second inning), the Dominican walked Tri-City’s nine-hole hitter on six straight fastballs, pulling them all down and in to the right-handed hitter.  A BABIP single followed — Gunnar Heidt at short really should have made the play — before a wild pitch moved the runners over for a sac fly.

Perdomo struck out the final two hitters of the inning which I mention only because, even though his delivery was starting to get out of whack, he threw two great fastballs on the outside corner at 94 to get the punch outs.

After striking out Carlos Belen to leadoff the sixth on three ‘great’ pitches as my notes say, the next two hitters put good wood on the ball with Nick Vilter hitting  a 91 mph fastball into the parking lot behind the left field stands.

Perdomo did end up striking out the side but, despite the seven K’s, the damage to his line had been done:

3 IPs, 4 Hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks

The second time I saw Perdomo was his first time starting for the C’s which, despite some early control problems, had to seem more comfortable for the lefty.  Which showed up in the line:

4 IPs, 1 Hits, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 Ks

Running Pitch Count FBs Sliders Change Total FBs Sliders Change
0 0 0 0
Totals 83 67 13 3 1st 36 29 6 1
Strikes 44 Min 90 79 79 2nd 18 15 3 0
Balls 39 Max 97 84 86 3rd 15 13 2 0
Avg Velo 92 82 82 4th 14 10 2 2

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Despite the much better surface stats there were a few red flags during this appearance.  I’ll start with the positives though.  His velocity was up a tick from the Tri-City game, touching 96 regularly.  He was also hitting his spots more frequently, raising hitter’s eye line when needed.

From the windup Perdomo’s tempo was solid, keeping his mechanics consistent throughout.

Now, the not so good.  After walking the two hole hitter on four pitches — missing up with all of them — Angel really struggled from the stretch.  His velocity dropped noticeably, working in the 89 to 91 range.  He also doesn’t really pay attention to base-runners as the three stolen bases the rest of the inning can attest to.

That sort of stuff can be worked on.

More worryingly, the secondary stuff was very ordinary on the day.  He seemed to be getting underneath his slider, with noticeable arm drag.  The end result was a flat, slurvy offering, with little to no depth.  In fact, there’s quite a few question marks on my sheet as to what the pitch actually was.  The lack of break suggested he may have been throwing a cutter but with low 80s velocity, which seems wrong.

He didn’t throw that many changeups but the ones I did see weren’t great, coming in flat, with little to no arm-side run.

I’m making this outing sound terrible.  Which it wasn’t.  The one hit given up was a swinging bunt in the black hole between the mound and third base.

As an aside, Carl Wise has shown me nothing to disprove the many scouting reports I read around the draft that said he won’t be able to stick at third base.

According to my notes there were only a couple of hard hits balls and I have a ton of fastballs marked as excellent.  He wasn’t afraid to come into the right-handers, producing a lot of weak contact on fastballs down and in.

There’s a lot to like here.  But like many bigger, projectable lefties (think Daniel Norris, Labourt, Matt Smoral etc.) it will take awhile before the coaches get Perdomo to a point where he is comfortable mechanically and repeating his delivery with any sort of consistency.

I’d like to watch him again to see if his breaking ball is sharper and to see if I can pick up on anything else which would explain the problems from the stretch.  He started this past Saturday in Spokane (walking another five in the process) which should mean he’ll open up the final homestand on Friday.

Hopefully I’ll be there……and if I get really lucky, Perdomo may face one of his former Bluefield teammates in Nick Wells or Jake Brentz.

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