Don’t Forget About Quintin Berry

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As Spring Training approaches, the Boston Red Sox already appear to have a major problem—way too many outfielders and a suspect, at best, starting rotation. Questions lurk around the five guys who will be starting on a regular basis in Boston. Where is the ace? How long before they tank? Why did they pay Justin Masterson $9.5 million? What about the outfield?
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The Red Sox have a plethora of outfielders—too many in fact. It is clear that one outfielder in particular (likely Allen Craig) will have to be dealt as the team condenses down to 25 men in April for Opening Day, but it is unclear what Boston will receive in return as they seem to have their heart set on going into the year with a hand-picked rotation.

Even when an outfielder is dealt, the team will still have plenty of depth at the position. Not only will they have three guys on the bench who can play all three positions (including Brock Holt), but they will also have talent down in Pawtucket.
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quintin berryThe three starting outfielders projected for the Paw Sox this season are Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Brentz and Quintin Berry. While Bradley is an excellent defender, Brentz is a powerful hitter who clobbers lefties and Berry is a serious stolen base threat; the team’s three viable call-up options and Boston will have choices depending on the scenario.

Back in 2013, Berry, who is a perfect 25-for-25 in MLB stolen base attempts from 2012-2014, helped the Boston Red Sox win a World Series as a pinch runner on the post-season roster. Despite only being used once the rosters expanded, he found his way onto the playoff roster as the team no longer needed to carry five starting pitchers.

Currently, Berry is not on the 40-man roster and has no options remaining. If the team does in fact turn to his services—they will need to do so wisely. If they need to call him up and send him back down, they are out of luck and he will be exposed to the waiver wire where someone will surely bite.
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September will roll around eventually and if Boston finds themselves in a similar situation as they were in back in 2013, do not be surprised to see his number called once again—whatever it may be.

Quintin Berry Doing What He Does Best

quintin berryLast year in a rather low-profile trade, the Boston Red Sox obtained an important piece of their World Series team. Dealing Clayton Mortensen to the Kansas City Royals, Boston obtained speedster Quintin Berry. Berry was a career 21-for-21 in stolen bases at the big league level.

He was a September call-up who proved valuable over his short time in Boston — as a pinch runner. He played in 13 regular season games swiping three bases on three attempts.
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In the postseason, he made three appearances in all. He stole a base in each series on one attempt per series. He did his job and did it well.

Now, he is in Baltimore playing for the Orioles as they look to make the postseason. He spent the vast majority of the season in AAA Norfolk as expected, but he will serve a valuable role for them.

He can run; running is what he does best. In his career he is a perfect 30-for-30 in stolen base attempts at the big league level in the regular season. In the postseason, he is also a perfect 5-for-5 in stealing bases, making him the perfect cheap addition to any contending team.
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So far in nine games for Baltimore, Berry has only swiped one bag, but he has only tried to do so once.

Given that the Orioles have already clinched a playoff spot, it seems certain Berry will make his third postseason appearance for the third year in a row. Teams typically carry less pitchers during the postseason which is why they can carry Berry on the roster then but not in the regular season.
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Although Berry may never be a mainstay in the Major Leagues, September and October are his times to shine and because of this, the 29-year-old pinch runner may find himself winning a whole lot of rings for someone who plays AAA for the vast majority of the regular season.