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Berg Continues Development at Triple-A

Justin Berg (PHOTO/LARRY WOOLIS)

DES MOINES – Class AAA Iowa pitcher Justin Berg's dynamic sinker could be his ticket to a major league roster one day. It's too bad no one told that to the 2003 43rd-round draft pick until he was traded by the New York Yankees to the Chicago Cubs for a former All-Star outfielder.

"It's something I've had, I think my whole life," Berg says of the pitch. "I just never realized it until a couple years ago when my pitching coach, Tom Pratt in Daytona, mentioned it to me. I didn't know it was such a good pitch." A good pitch – if not a great one. Class AA Tennessee pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn, a former instructor in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization, has compared...

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