DETROIT (AP) -- Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said while he's happy the team has agreed to contract terms with first-round pick Ryan Perry, he doesn't think the right-handed pitcher will be called up to the majors in September.
Perry, who pitched for Arizona this season, currently is at Detroit's spring training complex in Lakeland, Fla.
Dombrowski, speaking on a conference call Friday to discuss the signing, said he thought Perry would start out in the Gulf Coast League.
"He's going to have to get himself ready to pitch in a game. Right now, it's going to be the first and foremost," Dombrowski said.
"There's no urgency to rush Ryan."
Perry weighed his options carefully before signing a contract with the Tigers.
"Playing baseball has always been my passion so sitting at home wasn't really working for me, so I figured I would come out and play," Perry said.
Perry appeared in 31 games (six starts) with the Wildcats in 2008, compiling a 6-3 record, 2.89 ERA, one save and 72 strikeouts. He limited the opposition to a .217 batting average.
Dombrowski said he expected Perry to continue to play in the back-end of the bullpen, the role he took up while in school.
"I think certainly Ryan has the ability to start, but I think this year, we're just gonna kind of stay with that plan he was in in college and see where that takes us," Dombrowski said.
Perry said it was his goal to make it to the majors as soon as he could.
"That's basically everyone's goal, to get to the big leagues as quick as possible," Perry said. "But everything will work out in time, and my performance will determine what happens to me."
The Tigers took Perry with the 21st overall pick in last month's draft, marking the fifth time in the past six years the team selected a pitcher in the first round.
Dombrowski said Perry will get a jump-start on his career by signing early enough to get some work in this summer.
"Any time you can get going, I think it's a huge benefit," he said.