Vargas, Berrios named Twins Minor Leaguers of the Year


The Minnesota Twins haven’t had much to look favorably upon at the major league level this season. We sit just once game away from the 90 loss mark yet again. However, the minor league talent pool is more promising than ever, and two big names took home the minor league player of the year awards.

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Kennys Vargas and Jose Berrios, the Twins two representatives in the Major League Baseball Future’s Game, were named the minor league hitter and pitcher of the year respectively.

Vargas has played 47 games at the major league level this season following a late summer promotion, and he has all but exceeded expectations. He has slashed .288/.303/.480, clubbed nine home runs, and driven in 38 RBIs in that amount of time. Playing mostly out of the designated hitter spot, Vargas has cemented himself onto the Twins opening day roster in 2015.

This season in the minor leagues has also been exciting for Jose Berrios. Coming into the season, he was known more by the Twins followers than the national media, however that has quickly shifted. Berrios was promoted to Double-A New Britain in short order and has had a strong season.

Combined through three levels (one spot start for Triple-A Rochester), Berrios pitched to a 2.76 ERA, and a 12-6 record, all while striking out 140 batters and walking only 38.

The future is bright for both players going forward, and consistent play will give Twins fans something to look forward to in 2015. While Berrios is obviously further away, he could force himself onto the big league roster sometime next summer.