Ryan Berry slipped to the 9th round of the 2010 draft due to injury concerns and because of the theory that Rice University’s pitchers have an increased chance of injury. So far, Berry seems to follow fall right in line, as he’ll be out for an extended period of time to start 2011 because of a drained cyst.
When healthy, Berry throws an 89-92 mph fastball with some late running action. Obviously he doesn’t have the velocity you look for in a righty, but his deceptive delivery and ability to command the pitch in the zone and around the plate help it play up.
The biggest question surrounding Berry is whether or not he is a starter going forward. He pitched well as a starter for all of 2010 but was limited to just 5 innings per start, which still doesn’t show us how he can handle a full starter’s workload.
When he’s finally healthy, Berry should return as a starter but this time as a member of the Bowie Baysox.