Jacob Berry, LSU third baseman, selected early in MLB Draft
Jacob Berry, one of the top hitters in college baseball in recent years, is off the board in the MLB Draft.
The former LSU third baseman was taken No. 6 by the Miami Marlins. He was the No. 7 MLB Draft prospect in MLB.com’s rankings and the No. 9 player in Kiley McDaniel’s rankings on ESPN.
Berry, who transferred to LSU from Arizona, had a .370 batting average, 15 home runs and a .630 slugging percentage in his only season in Baton Rouge. He came with his coach Jay Johnson, to LSU.
Here’s his draft profile from the MLB Network:
Berry received national freshman of the year recognition in 2021 after batting .352/.439/.676 with 17 homers at Arizona, setting school first-year records and leading the Pacific-12 Conference in extra-base hits (41), total bases (167) and RBI (70). When Wildcats coach Jay Johnson moved on to Louisiana State, Berry followed him to Baton Rouge and continued to rake. Though his defensive home remains a question, he’ll still be one of the first college bats off the board in July.
Equally productive from both sides of the plate, Berry has drawn some comparisons to a switch-hitting version of Andrew Vaughn (the No. 3 choice in 2019) for his ability to hit for power and average while controlling the strike zone. He hammers fastballs and handles breaking balls and changeups well. He has a quality swing and approach from both sides, makes repeated hard contact and shows a propensity for driving the ball in the air.
Berry spent most of his freshman season as a DH and played just nine of his 63 games in the field at third base, which has been his primary position with the Tigers. He has below-average speed and average arm strength and he’s rigid at the hot corner, so most scouts believe he’ll have to move elsewhere as a pro. He has looked decent at times in right field but there’s a good chance that he winds up at first base — where he’ll have no problem fitting the offensive profile.