Adam Berry and Nick Lyon Sign Free Agent Contracts
May 28, 2002
Los Angeles - Adam Berry (Richardson, TX/J.J. Pearce HS) and Nick Lyon (Monroe, WA/Monroe HS) signed free agent contracts before the Monday deadline. Berry signed with the Texas Rangers, while Lyon signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Berry has been assigned to the Savannah Sand Gnats, a single-A affiliate of the Rangers in the South Atlantic League and will be a teammate of former Bruin Randall Shelley.
Berry finished his senior season with a .308 batting average and his 18 home runs led the conference. He is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in college baseball, and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors. He leads the team in RBI and his .611 slugging percentage was eighth in the Pac-10. Berry was drafted out of high school by the Tampa Bay Devils Rays in the 58th round of the 1997 draft.
Lyon signed with the Devil Rays as a pitcher, a position he played sparingly while at UCLA. He was drafted by the Devil Rays twice before. Out of high school he was a 56th round pick in the 1997 draft, and after the 2000 season he was drafted in the 20th round. Lyon played in 134 games at UCLA, starting 88 games. He played mostly in the outfield during his UCLA career. He made his first pitching appearance in the 2000 season, striking out four and allowing just one one in 2.0 innings against Long Beach State. After redshirting the 2001 season, he returned to the Bruins in 2002, making four appearances on the mound. He finished with a 15.43 ERA, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work.