This was Ryan Perry’s first year in the Nationals organization. He spent the previous part of his career with the Detroit Tigers, making two appearances in the post season in 2011. In the ALDS he allowed no runs in his two appearances. In the ALCS, he pitched four innings, taking the loss in one game and had an ERA of 9.0 in the series.
February 28, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Perry (45) during portrait day at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
The Nationals picked him up from the Tigers, and the 25 year old right hander did not impress after his call up to the Nats from Syracuse, pitching nine innings in relief and garnering an ERA of 10.13 in the process. He had a win in relief in his second game pitched for the Nats, but it was all downhill from there.
Perry started the year with the Nats in Syracuse as a reliever. He had a record of 1-1, appeared in eleven games and had an ERA of 4.50. He was called up to the big league club and made his first appearance May 1st, and his last on May 30th. After his month getting shelled in the majors, the Nats sent him to AA Harrisburg with the idea of turning him into a starter.
Perry spent the rest of the season with Harrisburg. He had thirteen starts for Harrisburg, with a record of 2-4 and a respectable ERA of 2.84, albeit against AA batting.
His next stop has been the Arizona Fall League. Unfortunately, against the Fall League players Perry has had his problems. He has started two games, lasting five innings in total. His ERA is 12.60, and has allowed seven earned runs in those five innings, with opponents batting .364 against him.
Perry is arbitration eligible in 2013. It is doubtful that the Nationals are going to offer him arbitration. Perry may obtain a contract with another team, but if not the Nationals may offer him a minor league deal to keep trying to develop him into a starting pitcher.
Season Highlight: In his second appearance as a National, Perry got the win pitching the eleventh inning of a game against the Phillies on May 4th. He allowed no hits, no runs and walked no one in a sparkling inning of work. The Nats scored in the bottom of the 11th, and Perry got to be the hero for one day.