This post is coming to you after midnight because I got stuck doing work on the cast page for one of my webcomics for several hours tonight (quite literally – 5:30 until 12:30 with a one-hour break for dinner).
Anyhow, apologies aside, let’s talk about Tim Berry for a moment.
Berry is up nine spots from last year, where he was ranked 20th overall in the Orioles system. Unfortunately, the most recent scouting video I was able to find is from 2010:
Berry had Tommy John surgery in 2009, the season in which he threw a seventeen-strikeout no-hitter in high school, but the Orioles signed him anyway (50th round) and he’s been recovering quite nicely. He made it all the way to Bowie last season (having started out in Delmarva) – he had only one start there, and he took a loss, but it was progress nonetheless. BA says he possesses a “live, loose arm” that fires off “90-94 mph fastballs” and adds that “some scouts think there could be more velocity to come as he continues adding strength to his skinny frame.” That’s promising.
Berry’s other pitches are a changeup and a curveball, but he’s still working on nailing down his consistency with the latter during games. He still needs to work on command and control, which could turn him into a reliever if starting doesn’t pan out for him. Fortunately, BA states that “as his coordination has improved, so too has his delivery,” so the boy could end up starting yet. He’ll start 2013 in Bowie if you want to keep an eye on him.