So, we've seen four days of Quintin Berry. It seems like most of the population here likes what they see so far and he's been enjoyable to watch. Of course, it's only been four games and we haven't seen any 0-fers yet. The overly-exited, glowing reviews of Berry have been met with the damn realists of the site saying things like "He'll regress" and "He's certainly not a full time player" and "yada yada yada...career minor leaguer". After looking over Berry's minor league numbers and his four games worth of data, here's what I've come up with, if you like Quintin Berry - don't feel guilty about it and don't expect anything different that what you're seeing. His minor league numbers in over 3000 PA's suggest he's exactly the player we've seen so far.
What I'm gathering people like about Berry so far is that he gets on base and he's got great speed. Berry's OBP in his 7 minor league seasons, 3009 PA's, is .358. So far, in Detroit, his OBP is .368. He's hitting .294 in Detroit, which is higher than is .267 career minor league rate, but nothing drastic. His SLG in Detroit is .412 compared to .338 career in the minors. That's a pretty big difference, but if that "bunt double" were a single instead, his SLG would be .353 - really close to his minor league number. If you turn both his doubles into singles his MLB SLG would be .294 and he'd still be an interesting player. He's stolen a base, which he does with regularity - averaging about 40 SB per year in the minors when he plays full time (Yep - one SB every 3 or 4 games)
What I'm saying is that Quintin Berry CAN continue to do what he's done so far. His minor league profile matches exactly what we've seen so far. So if you like it, enjoy the ride and don't let the realists tell you that he's going to come back to normal; he's already there.
This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bless You Boys writing staff.