Written by Tony Pente
|Tim Berry - LHP|
|6-3||180||L||L||3/18/91||50th Rd (2009)|
Scouting Grades - Definitions
|Major League Target Date||2015|
2012 Stats - Full stats
Bio: Tall lanky left-hander is still more promise than production. A 50th round pick who was coming off Tommy John surgery, the Orioles put him on the fast track last year in Delmarva before seeing him pitch at three levels in 2012. He started 2012 with Delmarva where he was inconsistent and didn't appear to be progressing from the year before. He was promoted to Frederick since some thought he became stale in Low-A and began to pitch better at Frederick. Consistently inconsistent all season, he would mix in a great start with a few blah ones as well as a few really poor ones. He received a late season start at bowie where he was lit up.
Stuff: His stuff is what keeps some scouts intrigued as he can flash a plus fastball and curveball at times. His fastball sits 90-94 MPH but hitters tend to pick it up well and it doesn't have a ton of life. He has below average command of the pitch and despite the good velocity, it's not a plus pitch most of the time. He'll also flash a good hard curveball, but again, his command is so poor and it breaks so much that batters tend to ignore it and wait on the fastball. His change can be average at times.
Pitchability and Intangibles: He doesn't have much feel for pitching yet. He has some good pure stuff, but his inability to command consistently causes him most of his issues. Even when he's not walking guys, he's not throwing good strikes and that why batter hit .291 off him despite some good raw stuff.
Conclusion: Berry has a lot of work to do on his command but if he puts it all together, he might be able to end up a 4th/5th starter. Most likely he's a bullpen guy but he need to harness his curveball more consistently and spot his fastball better. There is some upside to Berry, but his command must improve.
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