Bassett High School graduate Nate Perry has a new home this baseball season.
Perry, a 2017 Bassett High School graduate, was signed by the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason and reported to Rays Single-A affiliate the Charleston RiverDogs in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday.
Perry was drafted by the Houston Astros in the eighth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft and played in the team’s farm system for four seasons before being released in March.
Perry, who was drafted as a catcher and played first base in his career, signed a minor league contract with the Rays on April 4 and had worked with the Florida Coast League team before being assigned to Charleston this week.
In his first game with the team on Tuesday, Perry started the game and played at first base. He was 0-2 at home plate with two walks.
Playing in Charleston this summer, Perry joins another familiar Martinsville baseball figure. The RiverDogs bench coach is former Patrick & Henry Community College baseball coach Frank Jagoda. Jagoda is in his third season with the Rays organization.
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For his minor league career, Perry is averaging .227 on 642 batting. He has 21 career home runs and 96 RBIs. He was a New York-Penn League star in 2019 while playing with the Tri-Cities ValleyCats, a short-season Astros team located in Troy, New York.
The RiverDogs started a 6-game series with the Salem Red Sox on Tuesday in Charleston. The team is currently 35-17 and second in the Carolina League South standings. They will then play a 6-game series in Augusta, Georgia against the Augusta GreenJackets.
Perry will get the chance to play near home July 12-17 when the RiverDogs play a 6-game series in Lynchburg against the Lynchburg Hillcats.