32-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Quintin Berry in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Quintin Berry Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in September of 2016.
Berry has been released by the Blue Jays, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
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Quintin Berry: MLB Games Played By Position
Quintin Berry: Minor League Games Played By Position
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Quintin Berry: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Quintin Berry.
Berry began the year on a minor league deal with the Red Sox and appeared in 106 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .228 with 36 RBI and 35 steals. The Cubs, likely intrigued by his speed and needing a pinch runner for the stretch run, picked him up in August. He struck out in his only MLB plate appearance, but did steal two bases with his new team and even appeared on the NLCS roster. He became a free agent after the season, signing a minor league deal with the Angels in December that includes an invite to spring training. Berry has 27 stolen bases in 301 career at-bats in the majors, but stealing bases is about all the 30-year-old outfielder can do.
Berry is often buried on his team's depth chart, which has allowed him to spend the better part of four years touring the Double-A and Triple-A cities of North America. There are worse ways to make a living, and while nothing happened in 2014 to suggest that his fortunes will change in 2015, Berry presently owns a small slice of baseball history. Since the start of the Expansion Era in 1961, Berry has more stolen bases (25) without being caught stealing than any other player. Most likely, he'll get limited opportunities as a pinch-runner after September roster expansion. If he surfaces in the big leagues again, the value will come from his legs, but with just 341 big league plate appearances under his belt through age-30, time is running out.
Berry suited up for three organizations in 2013, starting with Detroit and finishing with Boston. In between, there was a stop in Kansas City. He appeared in only 13 games at the major league level, all for Boston and largely as a pinch runner. Speed is his ticket to the majors, but he doesn't do enough hitting to maintain a roster spot for the long haul. He makes for a good option when making out a lineup for a particular opponent or as a tool in a seven-game series, as he was for Boston in the postseason. With an invite to Orioles spring training in hand, he'll have the opportunity to snag a reserve outfield gig for the upcoming season.
After toiling away in the minors for six seasons, Berry was finally given a chance last year with the Tigers. The speedster made an immediate impact, wreaking havoc on the basepaths while going a perfect 21-for-21 in steal attempts. He did not have as much of an impact in the batter's box, finishing with a slash line of .258/.330/.354 in 330 at-bats. Despite his lack of pop, Berry is expected to have a spot on the Tigers' Opening Day roster, likely working as a fourth or fifth outfielder while seeing time primarily as a pinch runner or defensive replacement - roles that suit him perfectly given his skill set. The lack of an everyday role will likely limit Berry to consideration for deep AL-only leagues.
Berry will join Detroit as a non-roster invitee this spring. The 27-year-old outfielder is a great source of speed -- 242 steals through six seasons in the minors -- but he has never been able to prove his bat would play well enough to warrant much consideration for the major leagues. He has just 18 at-bats at the Triple-A level, so look for Berry to spend most of his time there in 2012.
Berry was added to the 40-man roster this winter after hitting .266 with five home runs, 28 RBI and 48 stolen bases in 135 games at Double-A Reading. Berry has great speed but doesn't have a good eye at the plate and makes contact at a low percentage, which means he's not on base enough to use his greatest tool, his speed, to his advantage as much as he could. Berry might not get a chance to win a roster spot in spring training, but he could see time with the Phillies should injuries strike. Keep him in mind when drafting reserves in a deep NL-only league as his speed makes him intriguing even if he only profiles as a reserve long-term.