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Career minor leaguer Jon Berti recalled by Blue Jays | MLB

An eight-year journey to the majors is complete for infielder Jon Berti.

The Toronto Blue Jays promoted Berti to the major league club on Wednesday. To make room for Berti on the 40-man roster, Toronto placed fellow infielder Brandon Drury on the 60-day disabled list.

Berti, 28, recorded his first major league league hit as part of a 1-for-3 day from nine hole for the Blue Jays in their final home game of the season Wednesday. A smiling Berti was hugged by skipper John Gibbons, who was in the midst of managing his final home game, in the fourth inning as he acknowleged the journeyman’s promotion.

Originally an 18th round pick of Toronto back in 2011, Berti has appeared in 789 minor league games. Outside of a brief stint with the Cleveland Indians organization earlier this year — he was reacquired by Toronto in June — all of Berti’s professional games have come within the Blue Jays organization.

While Berti has never been considered an impact hitter in the minors, he finished the year strong with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, slashing .314/.399/.498 with eight home runs, 42 runs batted in and 21 steals in 72 games.

The Michigan native is the Fisher Cats’ all-time leader in hits (369), steals (109), and triples (23). Earlier this season, Berti — who goes by nickname Johnny Hustle — recorded a memorable inside-the-park walk-off homer for a New Hampshire that went on to capture the Eastern League championship.

Of his 789 career minor league games, 344 of them have come at the Double-A level. In his last 50 Double-A contests, Berti slashed .335/.407/.550 with six triples, seven homers and eight doubles.

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