The Minnesota Twins can’t catch a break. Not only are the staring down the barrel of what lookg to be yet another 90 loss season, but their top prospects also can’t seem to stay off the disabled list. Trevor May had a short DL stint prior to the All-Star break, Kohl Stewart was recently placed on the 7 day DL with a shoulder impingement, and now tonight, Jose Berrios left the game with a right arm injury.
Jose Berrios, yes that same Berrios who started the Major League Baseball Future’s Game for the World team, has found himself rocketing up baseball prospect boards. For the Twins, he is now listed as their 5th best prospect (in an already stacked farm system) and in the top 50 of Major League Baseball overall prospect rankings.
Pitching tonight for the Twins Double-A affiliate, Berrios was removed from the game with a right arm injury, his throwing arm, after only his 48th pitch.
A concerning note from the game comes from C.J. Wittman of Baseball Prospectus.
I have note here Berrios last FB velo's were 95 94 89 90 89 then exited the game. #twins
— CJ Wittmann (@CJWittJr) July 29, 2014
While it is far too early to speculate on what could have gone wrong for Berrios, and the Twins obviously have not yet released any statements, that decrease in velocity is extremely alarming.
Notable amongst Tommy John injuries, a velocity drop is one of the telltale signs of the ulnar collateral ligament experiencing discomfort.
This would be one of the last things the Twins need. Although Berrios was not a candidate for a September call up, he dominated at Fort Myers this year and was off to a good start for New Britain. With a strong showing in spring training next year, he could end up being a late season option for a contending Minnesota Twins team in 2015.
As of now, fans around Twins Territory must hold their breath and wait.