Blue Jays prospect learning base stealing from Tim Raines

Blue Jays prospect Jon Berti played winter ball in Australia with the Canberra Cavalry this past...

Blue Jays prospect Jon Berti played winter ball in Australia with the Canberra Cavalry this past off-season. (Reuters)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:47 PM ET

TORONTO - Hall of Famer Lou Brock visited Olympic Stadium when Tim Raines was sliding head first on his way to winning the 1981 National League stolen base title with 71 steals.

“He’ll be fine,” said Brock, an eight-time stolen base champ, “as long as he doesn’t become afraid.”

Afraid of getting injured? “Afraid of being thrown out,” Brock answered.

Speedy Jon Berti has made the long unpleasant walk from second to the New Hampshire dugout. And with help from Raines, the Blue Jays roving outfield and base-running instructor, he’s trying to cut down on his long walks.

The Berti numbers: 23 steals at Vancouver in 2011, 34 at Lansing and Dunedin, 56 at Dunedin to lead the Florida State league and 38 this season for 151 career steals in 201 chances, a 75.1% success rate. He sits second in the Eastern League, 11 behind Richmond’s Kelby Tomlinson.


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