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.