San Diego Padres Have High Hopes For Their Starters in 2018

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Luis Perdomo & Dinelson Lamet Are Due For Breakout Seasons

The San Diego Padres have been nurturing the developing arms of highly-touted prospects Dinelson Lamet and Luis Perdomo with the hopes of bringing those processes to fruition at some point. It seems they have both come to the precipice of reaching those goals.

Though both are still extremely raw talents, there have been noticeable improvements made by both Lamet and Perdomo over their time in the major leagues.

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Though Luis Perdomo’s control seemed to wane a bit from 2016 to 2017 (46 BB in 146.2 IP in 2016 compared to 65 in 163.2 IP in 2017), he improved in ERA (5.71 to 4.67), WHIP (1.59 to 1.51) and K/BB ratio (2.28 to 1.82).

Dinelson Lamet made steady improvements over his 21 starts last season.  After making his debut May 25 in New York, Lamet’s first two starts were fantastic and his ERA after was a shiny 2.70.

June was not as kind to Lamet, as his ERA for the month was 6.33. July wasn’t much better but there was some progress made, including a nice start in Pittsburgh on July 29 (6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 7 K, 2 BB).

During the month of August is when we started to see the real Dinelson Lamet begin to emerge. Lamet went 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA and looked outstanding over that span.

His 30 K and 16 BB while holding opponents to a .149 BA was the exact reason the San Diego Padres signed Lamet as a 21-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2014.