Let’s Not Forget About Luis Perdomo In Brewers Bullpen Picture

Aug 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Luis Perdomo (61) delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Luis Perdomo (61) delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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On January 4th, 2021, Brewers President of Baseball Operations made a shrewd acquisition, signing reliever Luis Perdomo to a two year, minor league contract.

Why would a veteran like Perdomo, who has experience in parts of five big league seasons sign a two year minor league deal, you may ask? The answer is because Perdomo had recently undergone Tommy John surgery, and the Brewers knew he would miss the entirety of the 2021 season as he recovered.

Yet they signed him anyways, stashed him in Double-A on paper, and helped him through his rehab from TJS knowing that he would be available to them in 2022. Perdomo has pitched in 133 games in the big leagues, he’s 28 years old, and he’s a forgotten option for the Brewers bullpen in 2022.

While most Brewers fans don’t remember this addition, Luis Perdomo is an interesting option and depth piece for the Brewers bullpen in 2022.

After missing the entire 2021 minor league season, Perdomo is now healthy enough to pitch in games and he has been playing for Gigantes Del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League.

So far this winter (as of December 6), Perdomo has a sterling 0.00 ERA in 3 appearances, going 3.0 IP with, you guessed it, 3 strikeouts. Perdomo also has not allowed a walk in these three innings and has only given up one hit, which was erased on a double play.

So it seems Perdomo’s rehab has gone well and he’s been pitching well in winter ball, although three innings is a very small sample size it’s a good start.

While Perdomo’s big league numbers (5.19 career ERA) don’t look great, the Brewers have most likely been working to improve Perdomo’s stuff and giving him tools to capitalize on his talent as he worked his way back from TJS in their system.

When looking at the Brewers bullpen in 2022, the eyes are drawn to Josh Hader and Devin Williams of course. But after a shortage of depth options in 2021, the Brewers are going to want more depth for that group in 2022. David Stearns has already set to work on that. He’s brought in Trevor Gott on a split deal, and some depth arms on NRI deals such as Rex Brothers, Hobie Harris, Connor Sadzeck, and Jason Alexander. He’s also swung a trade for JC Mejia from Cleveland.

Those guys will compete for bullpen spots with the likes of Miguel Sanchez, Jake Cousins, Angel Perdomo, and Jandel Gustave.

But don’t forget about Luis Perdomo. He has plenty of big league experience, the Brewers have been working with him for a year, and he’s 100% healthy now. He’ll compete for a bullpen spot in spring training, and he stands a good chance to come out of seemingly nowhere and grab a job.

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