Meet Ryan Perry….

Ready or not, here Ryan Perry comes. To the Detroit Tigers bullpen that is. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski announced this morning that Ryan Perry has made the team and will pitch out of the bullpen.

Perry with the U of A

Perry with the U of A

Ryan Perry was the Tigers’ 1st round pick in the 2008 draft and despite only 1 year of professional baseball experience in which he showed some wildness (7BB in 11.2 IP in Single A), he will be counted on to get outs against major league batters. Perry is definitely worth keeping an eye on throughout the course of the season. Brandon Lyon is the current Tigers closer and that seems to be a disaster waiting to happen. Perry is tagged as the Tigers closer of the future and if he continues to impress during the season (.84 spring era with 11 K’s in 10.2 IP), the future might be in August.

It will be interesting to see how this works out for Perry. Sometimes when a pitcher is rushed to the majors too early, it could ruin his career. Just ask former Red Sox and current pitcher Craig Hansen.

Here are some other facts about Ryan Perry…

Age

22

College

University of Arizona

Drafted

21st pick in the 1st round of the 2008 Draft

Minor League Stats

Single A: 1-2 with a 3.86 era, 12 K’s, 7 BB and 4 saves in 11.2 IP

Kieth Law Rankings and Analysis

Ranking: NR out of the 100 best prospects in baseball. #3 prospect in the Tigers’ organization

Analysis: Since Law doesn’t have an analysis, here is another report from MinorLeagueBaseball.com. “More than one scout has scratched his head about the Arizona right-hander, who has a plus fastball up to 98 mph, a plus changeup and a slider that is a plus at times. Despite this arsenal, he’s been hittable due to a tendency to open up on his delivery too early and keep balls up in the zone. Some see him as a reliever, and he should move quickly that way, but his size, arm action and repertoire say that a patient club could end up with a front-of-the-rotation starter.”

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