Perry optioned to Toledo
Ryan Perry is heading back to Triple-A Toledo, this time for a longer stay than his brief stop there a week and a half ago. The Tigers optioned out the rookie reliever after Sunday’s game.
No corresponding move was announced, but the move was as much about working with Perry as getting in another bullpen arm. The 22-year-old had encountered struggles over the past few weeks, which the Tigers hope they can address with a more regular workload with the Mud Hens.
Perry, Detroit’s first-round pick in last summer’s First-Year Player Draft, made the team out of Spring Training with a solid fastball that consistently hit the mid-90s to go with a biting slider. But he was a case of learning on the job, as he had less than a half-season of Minor League ball last year — with none of that experience coming above Class A.
From Opening Day, Perry’s stuff an impressed, with a fastball that touched the upper 90s and a biting slider. The issue was going to be control.
For the first two months, Perry overcame it, recording five holds while allowing six runs on 12 hits over 20 1/3 innings despite 16 walks. His six June outings, however, saw opponents score seven runs in as many innings on 12 hits with five walks and six strikeouts.
For the season so far, Perry is 0-1 with a 4.28 ERA, having allowed 24 hits over 27 1/3 innings with 21 walks and 25 strikeouts.
The Tigers optioned Perry to Toledo on June 8 to make room for Jeremy Bonderman’s return, but promptly brought back Perry once Bonderman went back on the disabled list four days later. Perry spent just a few hours in Toledo and didn’t pitch in a game there.