Jeremy Berg, RHP, Reliever
How this guy has stayed so far under the radar is beyond us. Since his emergence in 2009, Jeremy Berg has been one of the most effective relievers in the Angels farm system. A submarine/sidearm delivery and mid to high 80's fastball may keep his name from the elite prospects, but his numbers alone should make his name worth mentioning when talking about those prospects who are "Major League ready." Luckily, one of our voters threw his name in the top ten on his ballot early, and many followed suit.
Berg has a sidearm/submarine delivery. We say both because his arm slot is just slightly lower than sidearm, but not low enough to be called submarine. As for his mechanics and deceptivity, he's flawless. No spine tilt or arm drop, or... well, anything. He is about as spot on as it comes to his mechanics.
Like we said, Berg's fastball doesn't touch the 90's. It is a four-seam that tends to be in the 87-89 range. Where his fastball is so great is the deceptive delivery where he hides the ball well, and uses "chase" fastballs to fool batters.
Berg has a curveball and changeup to throw batter's off. He mixes these well with his fastball, confusing batters, and for a guy who doesn't throw hard, he strikes out a lot of batters.
Berg has no problem placing the ball where he wants. His command and control are just as flawless as his mechanics. Berg is about as sure a thing you can have.
Berg has dominated almost every level of the minor leagues, starting in Rookie Ball out of the 2009 Draft. His earned run average of 1.35 and WHIP of 0.788 were thought to be unmatched... until the next season.
2010, Jeremy Berg tore apart three separate levels. Between Low-A, High-A, and Double-A, Berg combined for a 1.37 earned run average over and 0.898 WHIP over 46 games, while striking out ten per nine, and only walking 1.5. Yeah, do you understand how phenominal those statistics are?
Berg came down to Earth in 2011, posting career worst in all categories. He spent most of the season in Triple-A, putting up a 4.70 earned run average and 1.435 WHIP. However, 2012, he picked back up again, dropping his numbers by nearly an entire run/walk/hit per nine.
This past season, Berg excelled in Triple-A, putting together a 2.71 earned run average and 1.127 WHIP, while striking out over eight per nine, and walking just two.
EXPECTED OF THE FUTURE:
We're not the Angels but we personally think Berg is Major League ready. Berg should see some time with the Angels in 2014, and possibly, right out of Spring Training. The Angels may want Berg to show that he is capable of doing what he did in Triple-A last season, and bring it to this season. One thing is certain, he is a talented pitcher with a lot of deception, that should excel at the Major League level.
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