WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury, Mass.) has been selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 41st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Perry was the 1,243rd player taken overall in the draft. He becomes the first Crusader to be drafted since Drew Bigda went to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 39th round of the 2004 draft. Perry will become the 125th player in the history of the Holy Cross baseball program to sign a professional contract.
Perry was named first team All-Patriot League and second team All-New England this season, after being selected as the Patriot League Player of the Year in 2009. He posted a .409 batting average this year, with 81 hits, 54 runs scored and 36 runs batted in. Perry also set Holy Cross single-season records for games played (52), games started (52), at-bats (198), runs scored (54), hits (81) and total bases (116) in 2010. He concluded his Holy Cross career with a .365 batting average, a .537 slugging percentage, a .439 on-base percentage and 100 runs batted in.
Perry will become the third generation in his family to play professional baseball. His father, Ronnie Perry, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1979 and the Chicago White Sox in 1980, eventually signing with the White Sox. His grandfather, Ron Perry, signed with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954, before the advent of the draft. Both Perry's father and grandfather also played collegiately at Holy Cross.