On Saturday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals dealt maligned starter Anthony Reyes to the Cleveland Indians for young righty flamethrower Luis Perdomo. This trade works for both teams, as Reyes could get an immediate shot at the big-league rotation in place of Jeremy Sowers (7.33 ERA) or Matt Ginter, and Perdomo gives the Cardinals a possible future member of the bullpen.
Cardinals fans know about Reyes is that he's basically a Quadruple-A pitcher at this stage in his career (a player who is too good for Triple-A but can't perform in the bigs). But let me give Cardinals fans an introduction to Perdomo, who has a chance to contribute to the St. Louis club in the future.
Perdomo is a 24-year-old relief pitcher who projects as a mid-relief power arm. He throws consistent gas, but also has a couple of complementary pitches. His fastball hits 95-96 mph, and his slider is said to have amazing movement. The problem is truly harnessing that slider to place it where he wants. His changeup is apparently just average.
This year with the Indians' Double-A affiliate, Perdomo was 2-0 with a 3.56 ERA in nine games pitched, with 17 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched. Before being called up, he posted a 0.93 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 39 innings at High-A.
Last season, Perdomo had 81 strikeouts in only 66 innings in the Sally League. It sounds like he has a repetoire that Dave Duncan could take advantage of, much like Kyle McClellan but with one fewer quality pitch.
I think that this trade is ultimately a productive one for the Cardinals. Anthony Reyes was not going to be effective in St. Louis, and Perdomo could be the bullpen solution the Cardinals truly need, even though he won't be ready for at least a year or two.