TIGERS SELECT RIGHTHANDED PITCHER RYAN PERRY
Arizona Pitcher is Detroitâ€™s Top Pick in First-Year Player Draft
DETROIT â€“ The Detroit Tigers today selected righthanded pitcher Ryan Perry from the University of Arizona with their first pick (21st overall) in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.Â It marked the fifth time in the last six years the Tigers selected a pitcher in the first round of the draft.
Perry has appeared in 29 games (six starts) with Arizona in 2008, compiling a 6-3 record, 3.07 ERA (70.1IP/24ER), one save and 69 strikeouts.Â He has limited the opposition to a .218 batting average (57x261) this season.
â€œThe Tigers organization is pleased to select Ryan Perry today,â€ Tigers Vice President, Amateur Scouting David Chadd said. â€œWe look forward to adding a pitcher of Ryanâ€™s caliber and potential to our system.â€
A 6-4, 200-pound righthander, Perry earned all-star honors with Orleans in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2007.Â He posted a 1-2 record, 4.15 ERA (21.2IP/10ER) and 30 strikeouts in 18 appearances.Â Perry was tabbed the ninth-best prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America.