Chris Perry moved from starting to the bullpen in 2014 and it helped to accelerate his career.
In just his first full-season in the St. Louis Cardinals system, Perry excelled at Peoria, being named a Midwest League All-Star. While there, he earned the Pitcher of the Month award for the entire Cardinals system in May. That was in competition with all starters – an impressive feat.
In terms of ERA, Perry was even more effective following his promotion to A-Advanced Palm Beach, where he lowered his ERA from 2.20 to 1.93. The Cardinal Nation added our Reliever of the Month award for July.
Being named to the Arizona Fall League was a bit of a stretch for the right-hander, given his experience level to date. Dealing with shoulder soreness, Perry had a rough AFL campaign, yielding seven earned runs in 7 2/3 innings on nine hits and 10 walks. Perry struck out three.
In the following exclusive interview conducted before he was shut down during the final week of the AFL schedule, Perry discusses his standout season and looks to the future.
The Cardinal Nation’s extensive interview series from the Arizona Fall League will continue with pitcher Sam Tuivailala along with infielders Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera and outfielder C.J. McElroy.
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