MLB Scout's Video View: Analyzing D-backs Prospect Geraldo Perdomo
While the game is away, Baseball America is digging into its video database and asking scouts around the game to analyze what they see from some of the sport's best prospects. Today's subject is Geraldo Perdomo.
After ranking 28th among Baseball America's Organizational Rankings in 2017, the D-backs have used a series of smart trades, a boatload of high draft picks (some of the selections themselves were acquired through trade) and shrewd international signings to vault their system back into the top 10.
Signed in 2016 out of the Dominican Republic, Geraldo Perdomo has slowly made his way through the system and now sits atop the team's group of shortstops. The prospect in front of him, Jazz Chisholm, was traded to the Marlins. The prospect behind him, Liover Peguero, was traded to the Pirates.
Nick Ahmed has a lock on the position in the big leagues, giving Perdomo time to develop in the minors. Perdomo hit .275/.397/.364 across two Class A stops in 2019, then added a .316/.417/.418 line in the Arizona Fall League.
If minor league baseball is played in 2020, Perdomo should get a chance to crack the upper levels for the first time. Perdomo ranks No. 2 in the D-backs' system and No. 72 on our Top 100 Prospects list.
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SCOUT: This guy could come quick and have impact in the big leagues when he arrives. He is a polished player on both sides of the ball given his age and is a fundamentally sound defender at shortstop. He doesn’t have real plus range, but he has instincts that help him make the tough play consistently.
Perdomo shows a really quality first step and plays the ball into a good hop. He knows runners well and is poised. He never seems panicked or rushed on the defensive side. He's got more than enough arm for the position. Everything here is solid average on the grading scale if you line it up, but the instincts and poise make me think this guy will be a lockdown defender at shortstop.
Despite the lack of pure running speed, he did steal 26 bags in 2019. Again, that stat circles back to the instincts and baseball IQ that help all his tools play up.
Perdomo has an advanced approach at the plate and some of the better plate discipline I have ever seen out of a young player. He walked more than he struck out as a 19-year-old in full season leagues in 2019. That's very impressive. I like the swing better from the left side. It looks looser, more natural and has more bat speed.
Perdomo's righthanded swing is good too, but it's a little stiffer in the finish and looks like more of a contact swing than one geared for power production. I think any power is going to come from the left side but I don’t think he is a power guy overall.
Even so, Perdomo looks like a potentially plus hitter with the ability to get on base and limit the strikeouts. There are no holes in his swing path from either side. I really liked the look in the AFL this past year.
Perdomo is a really good player. Honestly, he lacks any big tools, but when you take the overall picture of the player, he has a chance to be an all-star. He is a dependable defender who can make the difficult play, a chance to become a plus hitter in the big leagues, and you can dream on an uptick in power given the age and frame, but I'm betting on the bat being his carrying tool offensively over the power.