If you’ve been following along this offseason, Jose Berrios has been no stranger to the interwebs or social media platforms. The Twins prospect has made it known that he is “pushing for a big season,” and his goals are as high as he can reach. With Spring Training ready to get underway, all of that starts now.
Just a few days ago, Berrios was completing his last bullpen in Puerto Rico before he heads to Fort Myers for Spring Training with the Twins. While his offseason has included everything from long runs to beach workouts, it would appear that Berrios is in some of the best shape of his life.
Multiple times this offseason, we have heard that Berrios has incredibly high goals. A non-roster invite to Spring Training, Jose Berrios wants to make the Twins starting rotation out of camp, find himself named an All-Star in Cincinnati, and be the winner of the Rookie of the Year award. If all of those things came to fruition in 2015 for Berrios, I think it’d be safe to say that his current season would have been even more impressive than his previous.
Noting they are all long shots, Jose Berrios is also probably the last person you should even find yourself betting against. Starting the season in Single-A Fort Myers, Berrios made quick work of the system advancing to Triple-A Rochester by seasons end. With competition plentiful for the fifth spot in the starting rotation out of the gate, Berrios will have his work cut out for him. Battling against the likes of Tommy Milone, Alex Meyer, Trevor May, and Mike Pelfrey, it will be on Berrios to set himself apart.
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At any rate, the expectation that Berrios surfaces with the Twins in 2015 should be there, and when he does, there’s no telling just how high his ceiling could actually be. Whether experiencing Spring Training live from Fort Myers or not, Jose Berrios is definitely someone worth monitoring over the next month for the Twins.
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