Draft Profile: Quintin Berry

Quintin Berry made the most of his time with the San Diego State Aztecs and learned constant lessons from Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Now, he's ready to use those skills in the Phillies organization, even though he's surprised the Phillies drafted him.

In just a short conversation with Quintin Berry, you can tell that he's a guy looking to get all he can out of life. It's rare that someone in an interview setting turns the tables and asks questions of the interviewer, but Berry has some genuine questions. "In all honesty, I don't know a lot about the Phillies. They weren't one of the teams that talked to me, so I wasn't expecting them to be the ones that would call my name," admitted Berry. In fact, it was just the day before the draft that Berry had any indication that the Phillies really even knew who he was. "My advisor called me on Monday and told me that the Phillies had called him. We were kind of surprised by the call, but it's great." In fact, the Phillies had only asked for a routine form to be filled out by Berry at the beginning of the season and he hadn't seen or heard from them since.

While he's not familiar with the Phillies organization, he is familiar with the draft process, having been drafted by the Braves in 2003. "I just thought I could do better and decided that playing college ball would benefit me. It all worked out," said Berry. It certainly did work out, since the Phillies drafted Berry 20 rounds higher than the Braves did just three years ago.

On Draft Day, Berry was with his advisor, following the draft on computer. He figured to go somewhere in the first five rounds, so when round five came around, the tension heightened a little in the room. Just over half-way into the round, the Phillies called Berry's name. "It ended up that I was drafted about where we figured, just not by who we figured," laughed Berry.

At San Diego State, Berry had the chance to play for Tony Gwynn and made the most of it. "We had a lot of good conversations. He constantly told me about how much hard work it takes to succeed and showed me ways to make the game simpler," said Berry. "Having a Hall of Famer to bounce things off of is a huge advantage." Part of learning the game is knowing where your weaknesses are and Berry is very candid about that. "My arm isn't as strong as it needs to be and I need to learn even more about the game," said a very open Berry. "There is just so much to know and Coach Gwynn emphasized learning as much as you can from people who know the game better and are in a position to help you. I know that I can get better than I am and I understand the hard work it will take to get there," stressed the 21 year old outfield prospect.

While his arm and knowledge of the game need help, there isn't much else that Berry needs to add to his arsenal. Be brings a lot of speed, the ability to get on base and a solid glove to the organization. "My defense is a key and I use my speed whenever I can. I like to get on base and make things happen. I know that I don't have much power, but I can do other things well," said Berry.

With a lot ahead of him, Berry looks to get signed quickly and start playing. "I don't think there will be any problems (in getting a deal done). I want to get it done and get out there," said Berry.

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