• Pickin' Berrios

    Most every hardcore Twins fan is well aware of the Puerto Rican 18-year-old we picked up in last June's draft (Jose Orlando Berrios! for the rest of you). After dominating both rookie levels in 2012, this kid is screaming fast-track potential. Where can we expect this guy to finish the 2013 season?



    J.O. is what they are gonna call him. And he should certainly get to pick his nickname after averaging 14.4 K's/9 innings as a minor-league-rookie.
    That is ridiculous, and 2013 will show if he can keep those numbers up as a starting pitcher. He pitched 30.2 innings with 49 K's in 2012, and opponents hit .140. Holy moly!

    This guy is only 6-foot-nothing, a-hundred-eighty-nothing (short and scrawny). But he generates tremendous force behind his pitches. Before the draft, the numbers and reports the Twins had on him were this: 90-93 fastball with 3/4 arm slot creating tail...78 on the slurve with hard break down and away from RHH...79 on the Change-up with heavy action in to a RHH. He was praised for his command of the off-speed stuff, especially the change-up.

    After checking out a few videos on youtube, I see that this kid really has an electric fastball. A low 90's fastball isn't all that impressive by itself. But J.O. has a very deliberate motion toward the plate and hides the ball extremely well, making that low 90's heat feel like mid 90's to the hitter. His breaking ball is "as advertised" and shall be an out pitch for the talented right-hander. The change-up looks like filth to me, and should prove to keep many pro-hitters from guessing on the fastball.

    So the real question now is this: Will the organization fast-track this kid in 2013, and allow him to move multiple levels? I am sure his performance will determine this, but the guy will only be 19. So, perhaps the organization will play it safe and limit his innings and appearances? Berrios has been described as physically mature beyond his age (whatever that means), so maybe he gets a heavier workload than someone else his age.



    I predict: Berrios shows how his hard working attitude can produce crazy good numbers. Reports from the end of last summer had him hitting 94-96 on the gun, so he's got serious MLB potential. He may start in Elizabethton, but I see him definitely playing A ball before the season ends. If it was up to me, I would start him in Cedar Rapids and play it by ear from there. He is oh-so-ready for the low-A level, and you know it.

    Please leave your opinion on Berrios below. Thanks!
    This article was originally published in blog: Pickin' Berrios started by mnfanforlife
    Comments 110 Comments
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      I hope his days in rookie ball are behind him. He has nothing left to prove. Either start him in Cedar Rapids or maybe extended spring training and he can join the Kernals in May or June(this would keep his innings down for his 1st full season of pro ball). If he dominates the midwest league he could be put on the fast track in 2014 and have the chance to play at a couple levels.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Hopefully they have him break in the organization's new Midwest League affiliate. Still, the Twins MO is to keep high school drafted players at low A for an entire season with nearly no exceptions, so I doubt he gets to Ft. Myers even if he pitches flawlessly.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I see no reason not to move him up to Ft. Meyers is he does well at Cedar Rapids.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      They won't (And shouldn't) want him to get more than about 120 innings next year. My assumption is he'll go to Extended Spring Training for 6 weeks or so to help do just that. The other option is to have him pitch out of the bullpen for the first half of the season and then start during the second half.
    1. twinsfaninsaudi's Avatar
      twinsfaninsaudi -
      Bring 'em north!
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      Would like to see him start in Cedar Rapids and move up to Ft. Myers if he pitches well in the Midwest league. Need to move these arms up as fast as they can take it.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfaninsaudi View Post
      Bring 'em north!
      Hopefully we will see Berrios for the ML club in 2014 after dominating AA ball, that is, if he can get to A+ this season.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I see no reason not to move him up to Ft. Meyers is he does well at Cedar Rapids.
      Thats assuming the Twins let him pitch in Cedar Rapids to start the year, otherwise he wont have time to get to Ft. Myers
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      They won't (And shouldn't) want him to get more than about 120 innings next year. My assumption is he'll go to Extended Spring Training for 6 weeks or so to help do just that. The other option is to have him pitch out of the bullpen for the first half of the season and then start during the second half.
      I could def see the ORG starting him in ELZ after the draft and having him start games but keeping him on a pitch and/or innings limit. Once short season is over, they will probably let him go to Cedar Rapids for a few more appearances. Starter or reliever there, I dont know.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      They won't (And shouldn't) want him to get more than about 120 innings next year. My assumption is he'll go to Extended Spring Training for 6 weeks or so to help do just that. The other option is to have him pitch out of the bullpen for the first half of the season and then start during the second half.
      Why? other than being conservative with his healthy 19 year old arm, why?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      They won't (And shouldn't) want him to get more than about 120 innings next year. My assumption is he'll go to Extended Spring Training for 6 weeks or so to help do just that. The other option is to have him pitch out of the bullpen for the first half of the season and then start during the second half.
      Why? other than being conservative with his healthy 19 year old arm, why?
      That would be the reason. He's long and lanky. He's not built like Felix Hernandez. It's wise to be patient. Also, reports from Instructs said he really struggled and tired. Not unusual at all.
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      If he is in the Majors in 2014, he'll be 21 years old. I am excited about what he did last year too, but I think that is pushing it a lot. If he is in AA by 2014, I'll be more than happy with that.

      I'd be very surprised if he made it to Ft. Myers in 2013. There just isn't a reason to push him that quickly. The only way it happens is if he is so completely dominant that they can't hold him back any longer.
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Oh, for what it's worth, Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus says he pitches with serious #rig.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      0.1% chance he is in the majors in 2014. If he is then he's also getting consideration of being a top 10 overall prospect.

      The early reports were that he was quite polished for a HS'er so it wasn't surprising that he did well in rk ball. I completely expect him to be in Cedar Rapids by June if not at the beginning of the season. I understand that it's the cool thing to do on here but it's tough to promote aggessively in the low minors when you only have mediocre prospects.
    1. Madre Dos's Avatar
      Madre Dos -
      Jose stayed in my home while in Elizabethton. He is polite and easy to get along with. He doesn't eat shrimp and he really likes cookie and cream ice cream. (two very important things for a host mom to know!) Good luck Jose!! You will go far.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by Madre Dos View Post
      Jose stayed in my home while in Elizabethton. He is polite and easy to get along with. He doesn't eat shrimp and he really likes cookie and cream ice cream. (two very important things for a host mom to know!) Good luck Jose!! You will go far.
      Cool inside information about our best pitching prospect! Thank you for sharing! Do you know if Jose is coming back to live with you next summer?
    1. Madre Dos's Avatar
      Madre Dos -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Madre Dos View Post
      Jose stayed in my home while in Elizabethton. He is polite and easy to get along with. He doesn't eat shrimp and he really likes cookie and cream ice cream. (two very important things for a host mom to know!) Good luck Jose!! You will go far.
      Cool inside information about our best pitching prospect! Thank you for sharing! Do you know if Jose is coming back to live with you next summer?
      I don't know. I'm going to spring training in March ( i still have about 30 "baseball sons" in the organization). I try to get all of them out to dinner. We have to work around English lessons! I usually have a list of 13 or so that want to stay here if they come to Elizabethton. I find out about 4 or 5 days before they get on the bus in fort myers who is going to be here.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by Madre Dos View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Madre Dos View Post
      Jose stayed in my home while in Elizabethton. He is polite and easy to get along with. He doesn't eat shrimp and he really likes cookie and cream ice cream. (two very important things for a host mom to know!) Good luck Jose!! You will go far.
      Cool inside information about our best pitching prospect! Thank you for sharing! Do you know if Jose is coming back to live with you next summer?
      I don't know. I'm going to spring training in March ( i still have about 30 "baseball sons" in the organization). I try to get all of them out to dinner. We have to work around English lessons! I usually have a list of 13 or so that want to stay here if they come to Elizabethton. I find out about 4 or 5 days before they get on the bus in fort myers who is going to be here.
      gracias querida dios te bendiga
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Very nice! I dont mean to be rude, but I am hoping Berrios gets to skip rookie ball in Elizabethton this year. But if he does end up there I hope he gets to have some ice cream with yall!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      > If it was up to me, I would start him in Cedar Rapids and play it by ear from there.

      Get ready for more Cedar Rapids Kernels puns this upcoming season!
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