The consistent “ping” echoes from the far south end of Queen Creek High School as one baseball after another shoots into the left-centerfield gap, some landing over the fence under the Bulldogs’ electronic scoreboard. The early-season workout had just begun but Jacob Berry appears to already be in mid-season form.
The sophomore infielder/outfielder, ranked as the fourth-highest in-state prospect in the 2020 class after hitting .354 with 24 runs driven in and eight doubles as a freshman on varsity, has always been a natural at the plate.
Many of Jacob’s baseball genes come his father Dr. Perry Berry, the Queen Creek School District Superintendent and a fourth-round pick of the Houston Astros back in 1990 after a standout college career at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
“As soon as I started seeing him in some of these competitive club sports, I knew he was going to be able to hit,” Perry Berry said to Sports360AZ.com. “It was pretty clear he was pretty discipled, he had good plate coverage. He’s got that hitter’s mentality.”