MLB Draft: Detroit Tigers Squeeze Value Out of First Round Picks

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2008 MLB Draft

Ryan Perry, RP – Arizona

This is the only pick on the list which could be considered an unequivocal bust for the Detroit Tigers. Ryan Perry made his MLB debut with the club the season after he was drafted — after posting a 2.96 ERA in 27.1 minor league innings — but true success never came for the hard-throwing right hander.

Perry actually posted above-average ERAs in his first two full big league seasons (3.79 in 2009 and 3.59 in 2010), but his strikeout and walk rates never made for matching fielding independent numbers, and his career soon started to crumble. He got miserable results (5.35 ERA) in 37 innings in 2011 before being shipped out to the Washington Nationals in 2012.

Perry bounced around the Nationals organization for three years — only accumulating eight big league innings — before being given his release after the 2014 season. He’s thrown 136 MLB innings to-date with a 4.36 ERA and matching 4.37 FIP.

Detroit picked Perry back up on a minor league deal this offseason, he’s currently pitching for the Toledo Mud Hens (where he’s on the 7-day disabled list). He’s posted an 8.31 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in 8.2 innings this season across AA and AAA.

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