Written by Lee Tackett
|Tim Berry - LHP|
|6-3||180||L||L||3/18/91||50th Rd (2009)|
Scouting Grades - Definitions
|Major League Target Date||2015|
2013 Stats - Full stats
Bio: Berry continued his methodical climb through the Orioles minor league system by spending the full year at Fredrick and leading the organization’s minor leaguers in innings pitched with 152. He was remarkably steady in 2013 with a 3.85 ERA and earned a spot in the Arizona Fall League to extend his innings count. The Californian turned in another healthy season and remains a scouting victory after his selection in the 50th round.
Stuff: Berry has a wider range than most with his fastball that can vary from the high 80s all the way up to 94. He commanded the fastball well in 2013, but it did not have much movement and remained very hittable in the zone. His delivery offers very little deception so even when his fastball is at the top end of its velocity, its lack of life keeps it up in the zone. Berry’s curveball is his go to out pitch and he has the confidence to throw it in any count. However, despite the plus pitch, it has not translated into increased strikeout numbers. In 2013, Berry gave up over a hit an inning and had just a 2.98 K/BB ratio. Berry’s changeup remains a work in progress. Like his fastball it has good rotation but remains fairly flat. Berry needs to continue to improve his sequencing and his ability to get swings and misses in the strike zone.
Pitchability and Intangibles: Consistency is a big buzzword for Berry regarding his fastball velocity and his secondary stuff. He tried to work with his changeup more in 2013 but still needs to become more nuanced in how he mixes his pitches. When on, he commands all three of his pitches to both sides of the plate and is especially effective on lefties. Berry has nearly a 70 point disparity between right and left handed hitters and needs to do a better job locations his secondary offerings to righties.
Conclusion: During his four seasons with the Orioles, Berry has silenced all concerns regarding his health, incrementally increasing his innings each year. Though Berry has never truly broken out as a prospect, he was age appropriate for the Carolina League in 2013 and held his own. Berry’s ultimate success or failure as a starter as he progresses will come down to whether or not he will be able to generate more movement on his pitches so he is not as hittable when in the zone. If Berry can bring a low 90s fastball every time to go with his plus curveball, he has the potential to be a back of the rotation starter. He will be given every opportunity to make it in the organization as a starter, but due to his inconsistency on a game-to-game basis, his future is likely in the bullpen. With his plus curveball and a firm enough fastball to keep hitters honest, Berry could easily transition into an early inning reliever who specializes against lefties. He should start 2014 in the Bowie rotation.
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