Orioles Prospect Profile #19: Ryan Berry

Will Berry be used in 2012 as a reliever or a starter?

Ryan Berry

Position: RHP

Height 6'1”

Weight: 195 lb

Born: 08/03/1988

Throws: Right

Background

The Orioles ninth round selection in 2009, Berry will be entering his third full season in the organization.

Considered as a first round talent out of college, the Rice star suffered a strained shoulder before the 2009 draft that pushed him to the ninth round.

In his college days, Berry compiled a 19-8 career mark and a 3.30 ERA in 36 starts. Named to first team All-Conference USA in 2008, the Texas native was among the best in his conference in starts (16), innings pitched (104.0) and strikeouts (86).

The jury is still out on him whether or not he can be a big league starter, but either way he has a legitimate shot to be in the Orioles long-term plans moving forward.

Scouting Report

Berry's fastball was in the mid 90's until his shoulder issues arose, but now the heater sits in the 89-92 range. The key for him is to keep the ball down with the late action of his fastball. There are times when the ball gets away from him late in starts and it causes trouble. He also possesses a changeup that sits in the low to mid 80's and a curveball that is considered his best pitch.

The right-handed pitcher refined his delivery mechanics due to the overbearing load on the shoulder and elbow. The adjustments smoothed his delivery and eased the pressure on his throwing shoulder. The hope is there will be no further injuries down the road.

Berry appeared in only 16 games in 2011 and started three of them. The Orioles might be grooming him as a reliever. He can go three to four innings, or even be a spot starter if the team is in a bind down the line.

Performance

Level

Team

Games

Starts

W

L

ERA

K

BB

K/9

SO/BB

RK

GCL Orioles

5

0

0

0

1.80

9

7

8.1

1.29

A-

Aberdeen

10

2

1

1

4.84

19

8

7.7

2.38

A+

Frederick

1

1

0

0

0

4

0

9.0

-


Health Record

In addition to the shoulder strain that knocked his draft position in 2009, Berry has suffered shoulder stiffness and had a ganglion cyst drained from his right shoulder. The cyst was associated with the shoulder injury he suffered in college.

The Future

If the Orioles want to stretch him out and make him a starter, it could benefit the 23-year-old due to the lack of true pitching prospects in the system. Right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy tops the charts for the arms in the organization, but others flamethrowers Robert Bundy, Dan Klein and Parker Bridwell are good competition for Berry.

Baltimore could simply choose to make him a full-time reliever if they feel he couldn't be effective past five innings at the major league level. Berry has the ability to stay with the organization in some capacity. The 2012 season will go a long way towards finding out what role the prospect will serve with the Orioles long-term. The estimated time of arrival to Camden Yards is 2013.


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