Jacob Berry

22-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Miami Marlins A+
2023 Fantasy Outlook
A bat-first (and maybe bat-only) prospect, Berry hit .370/.464/.630 with 15 home runs, an 8.9 K% and a 10.9 BB% in 53 games for LSU. He primarily played third base for the Tigers, but also saw time in the outfield corners. To put it bluntly, Berry profiles best at designated hitter, and he may also get time at first base, although he already has below-average athleticism. While the switch hitter gets to more power from the left side, the draft-day investment and Miami's lack of quality depth should buy him everyday playing time early in his career as long as he keeps his head above water. He had a 118 wRC+ at Single-A, and while he only had a .128 ISO and subpar hard-hit metrics, his 38.8 GB% was encouragingly low. There are scouts who see similarities to Andrew Vaughn, and Berry probably needs to be that good to be a long-term regular at the bottom of the defensive spectrum. It might seem harsh, but Berry really needs to hit in 2023 to retain dynasty value. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $6 million contract with the Marlins in July of 2022.
Makes pro debut
3BMiami Marlins  A+
July 29, 2022
Berry made his debut for the Marlins' Florida Complex League affiliate Thursday, going 1-for-5 with two RBI while striking out three times.
Taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2022 First-Year Player Draft less than two weeks ago, Berry wasted little time getting his pro career started. The LSU product hit second as the designated hitter, and it remains to be seen whether Miami will even try to find a regular defensive home for him somewhere on the diamond as he advances up the ladder, but Berry's bat should play at any position. Given his 8.9 percent strikeout rate in his final year of college, Thursday's K's are likely more a product of nerves than anything else. The Marlins will likely let the 21-year-old get his feet wet as a professional in rookie ball before bumping him up to Single-A, but he has the skills to earn that promotion quickly.
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