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Down on the Farm: Ryan Perry Quietly Putting in Work

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On May 27th 2011, Ryan Perry was optioned to AAA-Toledo to make room for Andy Oliver. The Tigers first round selection of the June 2008 First-Year Player Draft posted a 12.19 ERA in 10 1/3 innings for the Tigers. He was walking nearly a batter per inning and had surrendered 17 hits in that span.

In 10 2/3 innings with the ‘Hens, Perry has surrendered just two runs. He has racked up 11 strikeouts and issued just 3 free passes since being re-assigned. During that span Perry has also allowed just six hits.

The Tigers don’t appear to be in a rush to promote Perry and perhaps that’s the best approach.

In an MLive piece late last week, staff writer Chris Iott caught up with Tigers manager Jim Leyland and discussed Ryan Perry.

"“He’s doing well,” Leyland said. “Sometimes out of necessity you get antsy and you probably end up bringing (relievers) back too soon. He needs to be down there pitching and getting himself in a better mental frame of mind, which I’m sure he’s on the way to doing.”“The purpose of sending him out is to get him right so when he does come back he stays here where he belongs.“He’s doing pretty good,” Leyland added. “But I don’t think a couple outings in Triple-A necessarily says, ‘OK, everything’s OK. That’s a cure-all.’ I think you’ve got to be careful about that.”"

The Detroit Tigers are definitely a better team with a healthy and effective Ryan Perry in the ‘pen. Hopefully we continue to see positive results from him as he irons things out down on the farm.

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