Q&A with Jays' 18th Round Pick Jonathon Berti

We sat down with Blue Jays' 18th round pick, Jonathon Berti, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the second baseman from Bowling Green University says about his game, his thoughts about starting his professional career now, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: How do you feel having been selected by the Jays?

Jonathon Berti: I was excited to get the call and hear my name called. It's an extremely memorable moment.

FutureJays.com: Had you had any meetings with the Jays prior to the draft and is this where you expected to be taken?

Berti: With the draft, you never know what's going to happen. You hear so many different things about which teams like you. I had talked to the Jays a little bit. I had been up there [in Toronto] last week when they worked me out at their pre-draft workout so I knew there was some interest on their part.

FutureJays.com: You were drafted as a second baseman but you've obviously played all over the field during college. Is that where they see you developing?

Berti: I'm not sure exactly where they see me or where I fit in the Toronto organization. But if I do end up signing and going out there they want me to play short or centerfield or whatever, I'll do that too.

FutureJays.com: You have played in the outfield and all over the infield, do you feel you have the arm strength to play shortstop or third at the next level?

Berti: I feel like I have arm strength to play at shortstop but we'll see.

FutureJays.com: What's your preference, where do you feel most comfortable on the diamond?

Berti: Last summer I played a lot of second base and I definitely got a lot more comfortable there but I grew up playing shortstop my entire life so obviously I'm more comfortable there.

FutureJays.com: You stole 18 bases this past year, the most on your college team. Do you see yourself as a base-stealer or just someone with quick feet?

Berti: I'm pretty quick at everything so I'd like to learn more, maybe a bit better technique when it comes to stealing bases and try to improve on that.

FutureJays.com: How would you describe your skill set as a player?

Berti: I'm a player that plays with a lot of energy, works hard and tries to do whatever he can to get the job done.

FutureJays.com: What are your biggest strengths as well as areas that need improvement?

Berti: Definitely my speed is one of my biggest assets. Probably my biggest weakness is that I'm not the biggest guy so I don't have too much power.

FutureJays.com: Is there a major league player you draw a comparison to as far as on-field skill set?

Berti: No not really. I always kind of look at guys like Dustin Pedroia or Aaron Hill, guys who are maybe a bit undersized. I look up to them a bit just because I'm 5'10 [and] not the biggest guy.

FutureJays.com: What's been the highlight moment of your baseball career so far?

Berti: There have been a couple of them. One was winning the 2009 MAC (Mid Atlantic Conference) championship. That was very exciting and awesome. And [Tuesday], it's always a great moment when you get drafted.

FutureJays.com: You grew up in Michigan, did you have a favorite team growing up?

Berti: I grew up a Tigers fan growing up in Detroit and everything, growing up 20 minutes away from Comerica Park.

FutureJays.com: What about a favorite player growing up?

Berti: My favorite player growing up was actually Chipper Jones. I like the way he played the game, a very smooth swing.

FutureJays.com: You're finishing your junior year, what are your immediate plans? What is the likelihood of signing with Toronto?

Berti: For the next few days I'll be at home going over different things with my parents and everything so hopefully I'll have a decision sooner than later.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: How do you feel having been selected by the Jays?
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\r\nJonathon Berti: I was excited to get the call and hear my name called. It's an extremely memorable moment.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Had you had any meetings with the Jays prior to the draft and is this where you expected to be taken?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: With the draft, you never know what's going to happen. You hear so many different things about which teams like you. I had talked to the Jays a little bit. I had been up there [in Toronto] last week when they worked me out at their pre-draft workout so I knew there was some interest on their part.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You were drafted as a second baseman but you've obviously played all over the field during college. Is that where they see you developing?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: I'm not sure exactly where they see me or where I fit in the Toronto organization. But if I do end up signing and going out there they want me to play short or centerfield or whatever, I'll do that too.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You have played in the outfield and all over the infield, do you feel you have the arm strength to play shortstop or third at the next level?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: I feel like I have arm strength to play at shortstop but we'll see.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What's your preference, where do you feel most comfortable on the diamond?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: Last summer I played a lot of second base and I definitely got a lot more comfortable there but I grew up playing shortstop my entire life so obviously I'm more comfortable there.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You stole 18 bases this past year, the most on your college team. Do you see yourself as a base-stealer or just someone with quick feet?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: I'm pretty quick at everything so I'd like to learn more, maybe a bit better technique when it comes to stealing bases and try to improve on that.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: How would you describe your skill set as a player?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: I'm a player that plays with a lot of energy, works hard and tries to do whatever he can to get the job done.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are your biggest strengths as well as areas that need improvement?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: Definitely my speed is one of my biggest assets. Probably my biggest weakness is that I'm not the biggest guy so I don't have too much power.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Is there a major league player you draw a comparison to as far as on-field skill set?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: No not really. I always kind of look at guys like Dustin Pedroia or Aaron Hill, guys who are maybe a bit undersized. I look up to them a bit just because I'm 5'10 [and] not the biggest guy.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What's been the highlight moment of your baseball career so far?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: There have been a couple of them. One was winning the 2009 MAC (Mid Atlantic Conference) championship. That was very exciting and awesome. And [Tuesday], it's always a great moment when you get drafted.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You grew up in Michigan, did you have a favorite team growing up?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: I grew up a Tigers fan growing up in Detroit and everything, growing up 20 minutes away from Comerica Park.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What about a favorite player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: My favorite player growing up was actually Chipper Jones. I like the way he played the game, a very smooth swing.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You're finishing your junior year, what are your immediate plans? What is the likelihood of signing with Toronto?
\r\n
\r\nBerti: For the next few days I'll be at home going over different things with my parents and everything so hopefully I'll have a decision sooner than later.
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