The Marlins picked power-hitting LSU third baseman Jacob Berry with the sixth selection in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft on Sunday night.
Berry, who turned 21 in May, transferred to Baton Rouge and the Southeastern Conference last season after a freshman year in Tucson with the University of Arizona. Berry grew up in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Against much better competition (half of the 2022 College World Series teams were from the SEC, while the Pac-12 had two in 2021, one of which was Berry’s Wildcats), Berry’s on-base-plus-slugging percentage only fell off slightly, from 1.115 to 1.094. His slugging percentage decreased from .676 to .630, while his on-base ticked up from .439 to .464.