Aaron Perry’s senior baseball season at Hurricane may have been cut short by injury, but that didn’t stop the Boston Red Sox from taking him in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday.
The Red Sox took Perry as a pitcher with the 431st overall pick.
“It’s a dream come true,’’ Perry said on Wednesday. “I’m very blessed and very thankful. It was an exciting moment, and I was glad to share it with my family. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s really amazing.’’
Perry was named Mountain State Athletic Conference Player of the Year despite his abbreviated season. He suffered a stress fracture in his pitching elbow on April 18 and was lost for the rest of the Redskins’ 2017 campaign.
Before his injury, he was 3-1 as a pitcher with 34 strikeouts in 21 innings and a 0.33 earned run average. He also went 27 of 43 at the plate (.628) with two home runs and 22 RBIs. He also has signed a scholarship to play baseball at Kentucky.
Perry did not undergo surgery following his April 18 injury, and just two days ago was able to remove the brace on his arm following a final set of X-rays. He now begins therapy, and expects to start a throwing program in two to three weeks.
He said there was no time frame in mind for he and his family to make a decision on whether to accept a forthcoming signing bonus offer from the Red Sox, or to depart for the Kentucky campus in Lexington. Summer school classes there begin on June 22.
“There are still some decisions to make,’’ he said, “and we’ll talk about those, but right now we want to let it sink in and enjoy the moment. It feels good — almost breathtaking.’’
Other draft picks of note:
n West Virginia University junior outfielder Kyle Davis was taken in the 15th round, 451st overall, by the Houston Astros.
n Marshall junior third baseman Tyler Ratliff was taken in the 17th round, 524th overall, by the Texas Rangers.