The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1. We continue our list with junior right handed pitcher Ryan Berry of Rice.
The Humble Texas native broke through on the national stage as a freshman as he was one of the best pitchers in the entire nation in 2007. He ended up the season with an 11-3 record with an ERA of 3.01. He ended up averaging 9.2 strikeouts/per 9 innings and 2.5 walks/per 9 innings. He picked up several national awards with Collegiate Baseball naming him their Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He was also named an All-American by ABCA (Second Team) and Collegiate Baseball (Third Team). Conference USA named him the 2007 Freshman of the Year and put him on the All-Conference USA First team.
He spent the summer of 2007 with the USA Collegiate National Team which took part in the Pan-American Games and the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands. Berry ended up making seven appearances with a 2-1 record with an ERA of 1.88. He ended up holding opponents to a .202 average. He had an outstanding appearance against the Japanese National team in which he held them scoreless for 7.2 innings allowing just three hits and walking none.
Berry’s sophomore campaign in 2008 was solid but wasn’t as strong as his freshman season. He ended up going 8-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts). He ended up striking out 86 batters in his 104 innings of work. He held his opponents to a .259 average.
Coach Wayne Graham says “We’re counting on Ryan to be one of the best pitchers in the country. He’s an outstanding three-pitch pitcher with control.”
We think that Berry will return to his freshman form and return to being the top pitcher in Conference USA and potentially one of the top pitchers in the country.
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