Ryan Berry was the Orioles’ 9th round selection in the 2009 MLB draft. He dominated the South Atlantic League in his first taste of professional baseball, but has since been held back by shoulder injuries that have also forced him to the bullpen.
He pitched most of 2012 with the Keys, struck out 43 batters in 67 innings and gave up just 3 home runs. He made one appearance with the Baysox, where he tossed 3 scoreless innings.
After a number of injuries throughout his minor league career, Berry’s velocity isn’t in the 90-93 mph range where it once was. His fastball now sits more in the 88-90 mph range, and he will touch 91 mph every so often.
Berry has always been known for his knuckle curveball, which he still throws and locates well.
Berry’s velocity is unlikely to return, but scouts I spoke with still hold out hope that he can reach the majors as a reliever.
He is set to open 2013 as part of Bowie’s bullpen.
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