It was announced during today's Social Summit at Fan Fest that rookie right-hander Luis Perdomo has been informed he will start the regular season as a member of the Padres' bullpen. Not to be confused with former Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo, who was a 2008 Rule 5 draft pick from the Cardinals organization acquired via the Giants, this Luis Perdomo is a 2015 Rule 5 draft pick from the Cardinals organization acquired via the Rockies. San Diego picked him up on the day of the draft in exchange for cash or a player to be named.
The 22-year-old Perdomo, who never made it past high-A in five seasons as a starter in the St. Louis organization, put up some rough numbers this spring, but manager Andy Green and his staff must have seen something they liked. In eight innings he allowed 13 earned runs for a 14.63 ERA, and 18 hits - including four home runs - and three walks for a 2.625 WHIP. He did, though, strike out 10 batters.
Perdomo was one of four Rule 5 picks vying for a spot on San Diego's roster. Outfielder Jabari Blash also made the team, and pitcher Blake Smith has already been sent back to the White Sox; pitcher Josh Martin will most likely be placed on waivers as just one open bullpen spot remains.