Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/29/12
Just before he turned 27 last November, Quintin Berry signed with the Detroit Tigers as a minor league free agent. Little did anyone realize the path his career was about to take. Injuries to Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks helped give Berry a shot in the big leagues, and the gregarious outfielder has made the most of it so far, hitting .316 in 33 games. It's not clear how much he'll play when the Tigers return to full strength, but so far Berry has been a breath of fresh air, even adding some speed (12 steals without being caught) to a lineup lacking it. Berry is one of a handful of players who have come from way off the radar to contribute to playoff contenders. Here are a few more: --- DANIEL NAVA, OF, RED SOX Unlike teammate Will Middlebrooks, Nava wasn't considered a big prospect when he entered the season as a 29-year-old player with only 161 major league at-bats to his credit. But he's hitting .313 with the Red Sox since a May callup, helping Boston withstand injuries to C...
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