Jose Berrios - 2014
I adopted Jose (J.O.) Berrios. He is widely considered the Twin's # 5-7 prospect and among the top 2-3 of their pitching prospects. He was drafted 32nd overall in 2012 out of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. 2013 was his first full year above rookie ball and he pitched well after throwing up gaudy numbers in rookie ball. He will start this year at high A in Ft. Meyers. He will turn 20 in May.
I'm not going to be able to write up any quick recap of Berrios better than Aaaron Gleeman, so I'm going to put down his take (from www.aarongleeman.com) :
"5. Jose Berrios | Starter | DOB: 5/94 | Throws: Right | Draft: 2012-1
YEAR LV G GS ERA IP H HR SO BB
2012 RK- 8 1 1.08 16.2 7 0 27 3
RK+ 3 3 1.29 14.0 8 1 22 1
2013 A- 19 19 3.99 103.2 105 6 100 40
Selected out of a Puerto Rico high school 30 picks after Byron Buxton in the 2012 draft, Jose Berrios had a great rookie-ball debut and then made the jump to full-season competition last year at low Single-A. While his 3.99 ERA and .265 opponents' batting average were unimpressive, Berrios struck out 100 batters in 104 innings and allowed just six homers while being one of only eight teenagers in the Midwest League to log at least 100 innings.
Obviously it would be ideal to see Berrios overpowering hitters in the low minors, but missing plenty of bats and holding his own overall as a teenager is a very good sign. Berrios throws hard and receives praise for his off-speed stuff, but like most 19-year-olds his control needs work and one potential red flag is that he's been a fly-ball pitcher. That tendency usually gets more extreme further up the organizational ladder, so it'll be something to keep an eye on.
Berrios is a slight 6-foot-1 and so far the Twins have been cautious with his workload by limiting his starts in-season and convincing him to skip winter ball, but he'll likely be given a longer leash this year at high Single-A. He tends to get lost in the shuffle of what has become a stacked deck of Twins prospects, but in some recent years Berrios would have been the team's top pitching prospect and his long-term upside is substantial. "
Ft. Meyers starts their season tomorrow. I'll write up news as it happens and post recaps of his starts.
I heard rumblings that Berrios may have grown, is that the 6'1 versus 6'0 or has he grown taller than that?
Originally Posted by SouthDakotaTwinsFan
I'm afraid I can't answer that. I'll do some digging.
Originally Posted by SouthDakotaTwinsFan
One of the spring training posts, maybe Thrylos went down there and he said he is 6'0 and Berrios looked much taller than him. Something like that.
I'm stoked to see how this kid develops. I still remember the video they showed on draft day of him working out. Kid looks like an insane athlete.
If Berrios can hold his own as a 19 year old in the FSL he is going to be a top 30 prospect heading into next year.
Along with AB Walker, Berrios is the 'spec that I'll be watching most closely this year.
Berrios has some serious talent. Throws hard. Good control. Sharp breaking ball. Great athleticism. Works really hard. Wants to be great.
As for his size, he may be 6-0... no more than that (in my opinion from standing next to him).
Berrios had his first start of the year yesterday for Ft. Myers. 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 0 BB, 4K. From all accounts, it was a solid start.
Game story from the Ft. Myers News-Press is at
Berrios had his second start of the year for Ft. Myers yesterday. He went 6 innings, with 6 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 2 walks, 5 K's. In his 2 starts so far this year, he has a 3.75 ERA and 0.917 WHIP in 12 innings of work.
Berrios has had two starts since I last posted:
4/25- 6.0 ip, 8 h, 1r, 2bb, 7k,
5/1- 5.0 ip, 6h, 4r (3er), 2bb, 4k
On the season:
25.0 ip, 3.96 ERA, 11 earned runs, 7bb/20k, 7.2 SO/9, 1.52 WHIP, 0.341 BAbip, 2 HR allowed.
Berrios pitched 6.1 innings last night. 0 R, 4H, 8K, 2BB
This kid is doing some VERY impressive things at high A ball for a 19 year old.
He was featured in BPro's "eyewitness accounts" series this morning. And it's free. FREE!
Last 5 starts:
0.89 WHIP (18H, 10BB)
13 strike outs tonight, no walks and one hit in a complete game. Jeepers.
Thanks for supplying the link.
Originally Posted by Celebrity Weddings!
Heckuva performance. He's one of the top pitchers in A+ despite being 3 years younger than the competition. Pretty cool. He could be up at AA sometime this year if this continues for a few more starts.
7 inning complete game.
Originally Posted by gunnarthor
Less impressive from an innings perspective, but more impressive from a K/9 perspective
Last 5 starts
Wow. Promotion to AA this summer.
Berrios pitched a one hit complete came with 13 strikeouts yesterday. Zero walks, went to a three ball count just once.
On the season he is 5-2 with a 2.24 ERA. He's given up 2 HR. 65K/17BB. 10.4 K/9, 1.172 WHIP.
I hope to see him at double A this season.
My apologies for not updating more. I'll work on it.