For years, the Twins have staked their success to pitch-to-contact types who don't amount to much in Fantasy. Jose Berrios is their attempt to make up for it. Though only 21, he's on the verge of a big-league promotion, having gone 14-5 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 27 starts between Double- and Triple-A last year, and may actually compete for a job in spring training. As with all young pitchers, you should expect an innings limit for him late in the season, but he's polished enough, showing good command of a four-pitch arsenal, to matter in Fantasy as soon as he gets the call. You don't need to reach for him in the middle rounds or anything, but if you're into stashing prospects, he's one of the better choices among starting pitchers this year.
Berrios will receive an invite to spring training, the Twins announced Thursday. This comes as no surprise, as Berrios might be the organization's best pitcher, despite having never pitched in the big leagues. It was surprising that he was not used down the stretch in 2015, and it would be shocking if he was not in the big league rotation by late-April or early-May. Last year he posted a 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 83 strikeouts in 75.2 innings at Triple-A as a 21-year-old.
Twins pitching prospect Jose Berrios has struggled since being promoted to Triple-A earlier this month. The young right-hander has made two starts for Rochester, allowing nine earned runs in 10 2/3 innings, culminating in a 7.59 ERA for the 21-year-old. Berrios was a first-round draft pick by the Twins in 2012. He pitched well at Double-A this season, posting a 3.08 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 90 2/3 innings.
The Twins promoted starting pitcher prospect Jose Berrios to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, according to Fox Sports North. Berrios, who is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 32) and Baseball America (No. 36), went 8-3 with a 3.08 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 15 starts for Double-A Chattanooga. He struck out 92 batters and issued 24 walks in 90 2/3 innings.
The Twins reassigned eight players to minor league camp on Sunday and optioned outfielder Max Kepler to Double-A. Kepler was one-for-nine in four games this spring. Jose Berrios and outfielder Byron Buxton were the top names on the list of players reassigned. Berrios, a first-rounder in the 2012 draft, gave up one unearned run on seven hits in six innings this spring, striking out four. Buxton, also a 2012 first-rounder, hit .125 in eight at bats. The Twins also cut catchers Stuart Turner (2-for-4 in spring) and Mitch Garver (0-for-4), RHP Tyler Duffey (no appearances), LHPs Taylor Rogers (no appearances) and Ryan O'Rourke (9.00 ERA in one inning); and infielder Heiker Meneses (.125).
Twins starter Jose Berrios struck out four during his first spring appearance on Wednesday. Berrios took on the University of Minnesota, and turned in a good showing. While Berrios is a minor-leaguer, he's only 20, and was taking on players his age. Berrios allowed one hit and one unearned run over two innings of work. He struck out four batters. Berrios is the team's third-best prospect according to Baseball America. He's expected to begin the year in the minors, but could move quickly based on how well he performs.
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