Luis Perdomo: The Ultimate Low-Leverage Reliever

Everyone suspected Luis Perdomo’s usage and the score of the game would have a relationship built upon by managerial artifice and desire to slowly transition Perdomo from Double-A to the majors. Thus far, it appears the plan is to not only to place Perdomo in low-leverage situations, but to put him in situations that combined to make him the lowest leveraged reliever in the majors.

Perdomo has appeared in nine games and recorded 37 outs all while doing so with an average leverage index of 0.10. Those nine entry points all came when the Padres were down by four or more runs, and usually near the end of the game. Here are the entry points in full:

April 15th: Bottom of the eighth to begin the half inning, Padres down by five runs.
April 17th: Bottom of the fourth, runner on second, two outs, Padres down by six runs.
April 21st: Bottom of the seventh to begin the half inning, Padres down by four runs.
April 25th: Top of the ninth to begin the half inning, Padres down by nine runs.
April 26th: Top of the ninth to begin the half inning, Padres down by four runs.
April 27th: Bottom of the eighth to begin the half inning, Padres down by four runs.
April 29th: Bottom of the sixth, bases loaded, two outs, Padres down by seven runs.
May 3rd: Bottom of the seventh to begin the half inning, Padres down by five runs.
May 10th: Bottom of the fourth, runners on the corners, nobody out, Padres down by three runs.

Interestingly, only two of his appearances have come within the confines of Petco, which probably speaks more to the Padres road woes – 5-13 as of this writing — than anything else. Here’s a quick way to check on how the Padres fared at the end of the season; check how many appearances Perdomo makes.

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Kincaid
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I guess one upside of being in San Diego’s position is that they don’t really have much trouble finding room for a Rule 5 player.

It seems a little strange that they would be so careful about using Perdomo in meaningless situations. He is 25, and there seemed to be a fair bit of demand for him. Cleveland got a ML starting pitcher for him, and when the Cardinals left him unprotected, it was assumed he would be taken. Then when he was waived by the Giants, one of the first teams in line on waivers was expected to take him and then did. He doesn’t seem to be able to throw much by Major Leaguers like he did in the minors yet, but you would think for that many people wanting to take a shot on him and at this age, on a team that’s not any good anyway, they would believe in him enough to give him some more important appearances. It’ll be interesting to see if this continues or if he improves his performance and whether they think he’ll be ready at 26 or send him down for more seasoning next year.