Ryan Perry
Perry with the Detroit Tigers
Relief pitcher
Born: (1987-02-13) February 13, 1987 (age 36)
Pomona, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 2009, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 30, 2012, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record6–6
Earned run average4.36

Ryan Keith Perry (born February 13, 1987) is an American retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals.

Amateur career

Born in Pomona, California, Perry played collegiate baseball at the University of Arizona. While at Arizona, he pitched alongside future Tigers teammate Daniel Schlereth. In 2007, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League, where he was named a league all-star, and earned the save in the annual all-star game.[1][2]

Professional career

Detroit Tigers

Perry was drafted by the Detroit Tigers with the 21st overall selection in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] At the end of 2008 Baseball America named him the Detroit Tigers second best prospect, behind Rick Porcello.[4] On April 1, 2009 it was announced that Perry would make the opening day roster for the Tigers for the 2009 season.[5]

On April 8, Perry made his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays. He threw a scoreless eighth inning in the Tigers' 5–1 victory.[6]

On June 8, Perry was sent to the Toledo Mud Hens when Jeremy Bonderman came off the disabled list.

He began the 2010 season as a middle relief pitcher for Detroit. He recorded his first career win May 1 against the Los Angeles Angels by pitching two-thirds of an inning.

On June 10, Perry was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis.[7] After rehab in Toledo, he was called back up on July 3.[8]

Perry posted a 3.79 ERA over 61+23 innings in Detroit as a rookie, walking 38 and striking out 60. He recorded two saves the following season, allowing 55 hits over 62+23 innings, but his strikeout rate fell precipitously, a trend that continued in 2011 and beyond.

After starting the season with a 12.19 ERA through 13 appearances, Perry was optioned to Toledo on May 28, 2011 to make room for spot starter Andrew Oliver.[9]

Washington Nationals

Perry was traded by the Tigers to the Washington Nationals for Collin Balester on December 9, 2011.[10]

Return to Detroit

On February 27, 2015, the Tigers signed Perry to a minor league contract.[11] He was released by the Toledo Mud Hens on June 9.[12]


  1. ^ "Under Armour Cape League All-Star Game". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "2007 Orleans Cardinals". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  3. ^ Beck, Jason (June 5, 2008). "Tigers pluck power arm in Round 1: Perry choice marks third year in a row club takes pitcher first". MLB.com. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  4. ^ Morosi, Jon Paul (November 20, 2008). "Detroit Tigers top 10 prospects". Baseball America. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Beck, Jason (April 1, 2009). "Porcello and Perry earn roster spots: Larish and Clevlen compete for final bench opening". MLB.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  6. ^ Beck, Jason (April 8, 2009). "Miner, power performance net first win: Cabrera's two homers, Inge's long ball too much for Jays". MLB.com. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  7. ^ Perry placed on DL; Gonzalez called up MLB.com June 10, 2010
  8. ^ Tigers activate setup man Perry from DL Archived 2010-07-07 at the Wayback Machine MLB.com July 3, 2010
  9. ^ Parent, John (May 28, 2011). "Ryan Perry Optioned Out, Tigers Recall Andy Oliver". Motor City Bengals. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  10. ^ Kilgore, Adam (9 December 2011). "Nationals trade Collin Balester to Tigers for Ryan Perry". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  11. ^ Beck, Jason (February 27, 2015). "Tigers sign former first-round pick Perry to Minors deal". MLB.com. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  12. ^ Wagner, John (June 10, 2015). "Mud Hens split doubleheader against Syracuse". The Blade. Retrieved June 10, 2015.