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Ryan Berry (Photo: Rice University)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Ryan Berry
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Rice University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date:02/28/09
Game:Texas A&M

Focus Area
Fastball:Berry's fastball was solid average, in the 88-92 mph range. He touched 93 in the ninth inning.
Fastball movement:Using a quick delivery, it has a sneaky quality to it.
Curve:Was a plus pitch, thrown 80-84 mph. It had late break and he buried it for a true out pitch. He throws it with two grips -- a knuckle grip and a spiked grip.
Changeup:He didn't use it much, but it was 83-84 mph when he did throw it.
Control:He had solid command of all his pitches.
Poise:In a big-league park, he had very good mound presence and it resulted in one of his best outings in a long time.
Physical Description:Berry has a lean build, kind of like Rich Harden. He was sporting long hair and glasses, sort of a Mark Fydrich look.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:When he's going right, he has two or three average or above pitches with command of all of them.
Weaknesses:He hasn't been consistent. He'll have to show he can do it repeatedly to make people believers.
Summary:Berry is somewhat of an enigma. He was one of the top freshman in his class, then regressed last year. He began his Draft season on a rocky note, but bounced back with a terrific start in the Houston Classic. When he's locked in, he's got good stuff and command. For him to rise up Draft boards come June, he'll have to show he can maintain it over the course of the season.