Hitting in the mid-.240 six weeks into the season, Berry was still just a bundle of potential. Then, as if a switch had been thrown, it all seemed to come together and that potential was on display for Lakewood fans to see. In two weeks, Berry had raised his average nearly 30 points and was able to use his speed on the bases to cause problems for opponents. As the hits continued to fall, Berry came into the July 4th holiday hitting .300 after hitting .320 over June and July.
When all was said and done, Berry finished the year with a .312 average and 55 stolen bases, both good enough to lead all Phillies minor league players.
If there was a switch that was thrown, it may have been done when Berry simply remembered what his college coach at San Diego State had told him. After all, the guy is a Hall of Famer and if you want to learn how to play the game of baseball, Tony Gwynn is a good guy to learn it from. Instead of trying to make too much happen on every play, Berry started to "let the game come to him," as Gwynn had suggested. Berry's approach to hitting became very simple; very Gwynn-esque: "I just try to have an area to look for and if they stay in that area, I just go ahead and try to hit it," explained Berry.
Berry also prides himself on playing strong defensively in the outfield and made just three errors all season, which is especially impressive considering he moved from center to left field this season. It was a move that Berry picked up and made the most of, but with his speed and defensive abilities, moving back to center is likely in his future at some point.
The Phillies have also honored Berry, giving him the Paul Owens Award as the organization's top minor league player.
Listen to an interview with Quintin Berry conducted on July 7, 2007.