Orioles add stolen base specialist in Berry

Orioles add stolen base specialist in Berry
January 3, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Oct 12, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pinch runner Quintin Berry (50) reacts after stealing second base past the tag of Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) during the ninth inning in game one of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Fenway Park.

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Quintin Berry was a teammate of Adam Jones at Morse H.S. in San Diego. Now, he’s a teammate of Jones with the Orioles.

The Orioles signed Berry to a minor league contract on Friday. Berry, an outfielder is a terrific base stealer. He’s never been thrown out in 29 stolen base attempts.

In 2012, Berry made his major league debut with Detroit and batted .258 with 21 successful steals in 94 games. Last year, Berry stole three bases in nine games with Boston, and in three postseason games stole three more. He had stolen two with Detroit in the 2012 postseason.

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The 29-year-old Berry is a left-handed hitting outfielder, and has played mostly left field and center field. In the last month, the Orioles have added four left-handed hitting outfielders: David Lough in a trade and signed Berry and Xavier Paul to minor league contracts. They also drafted Julio Borbon in the Triple-A segment of the Rule 5 draft.

"He's a good outfielder, and he's a good hitter against right-handed hitter," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "He's a premium basestealer."

Duquette said the Orioles are still in the market for pitching.