For now, Perry, one of two former Boyle players chosen in this year’s draft, is taking classes, working out at Kentucky and waiting on the process to play itself out.
“We should know for sure in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
If Perry hasn’t signed by Aug. 14, he’ll stay at Kentucky for at least three seasons and the Diamondbacks will forfeit his rights.
“That’s really the only deadline they have given me,” he said.
Perry and his father, Glynn, are handling his negotiations with Arizona, but he said there aren’t really any negotiations taking place right now. He said the impetus isn’t necessarily on one party or the other to take the next step.
“It’s kind of a both sides thing,” he said. “It’s more coming together on terms, and we haven’t really discussed much.”
Perry, who committed to Kentucky before the draft, said he hasn’t played all summer, although he has been throwing.
He said he and his family would “kind of like to get it over with,” but he also said the waiting game hasn’t really been a source of stress.
“It’s not really stressful. It’s a good decision to have, and I’m excited to make it,” Perry said.
He said his summer in Lexington has been going well and will prepare him for either path he chooses.
“It’s a really good way to kind of get a feel of the college life. I’m taking two classes and getting an opportunity to kind of prep myself a little bit for the fall,” he said. “I’m getting stronger and I’m putting on weight.”
Perry, 18, became the highest draft pick ever from this area when the Diamondbacks took him with the 181st overall pick. That followed a senior season in which the 6-5 right-hander went 2-0 with a 3.54 earned-run average and 29 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings at the Pendleton School at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He left Boyle before his junior season to attend Pendleton.