31 Prospects In 31 Days: Tim Berry, #20

Tim Berry was drafted in 2009 despite an elbow injury, and the Orioles picked him up anyway despite the fact that they knew he’d need Tommy John. After receiving the surgery and debuting in late 2010, he successfully pitched in 26 games in 2011, starting all of them. Although his results were mixed in 2011, the fact remains that he was recovering from surgery, which meant that those results were somewhat anticipated.

Berry has a fastball that currently hits 88-92 mph, and it might get faster as he develops further and recovers from his surgery. He also possesses a curve and a changeup, but those pitches need development still. He’ll probably find himself in Delmarva again to start things off in 2012 as a result, but that means he’ll be able to add some bite to his secondary pitches and then advance. Baseball America projects him to advance quickly through the system, especially considering that he’s healthy again and becoming stronger by the day. My personal prediction is that he ends the year in Frederick, so Keys fans take note!

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