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Berrios Dominates

Jul 13, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; World pitcher

Jose Berrios

throws a pitch in the first inning during the All Star Futures Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the only pitcher in the Twins system who has been better than May this season is 20 year old Jose Berrios. The 2012 first rounder has been electrifying for pretty much the entire season. Before getting promoted to Double-A New Britain last week, Berrios made 16 starts at Advanced-A Fort Myers. There, he struck out a ridiculous 109 batters against only 23 BB in 96.1 innings. Command? Absolutely. His ERA during that period was a measly 1.96, and his FIP was an impressive 2.48. Berrios’s dominance wasn’t based on luck, in other words. He’s just. That. Good. Now that he’s pitching for the Rock Cats, he’s about four years younger than his average opponent. Berrios is certainly one to watch in the second half. If he proves himself at the Double-A level, he could set himself up for a Major League call up sometime next season.