The Minnesota Twins are set to kick off their Spring Training schedule tonight with an exhibition in the battle for Minnesota. After sweeping Florida Gulf Coast University, the Minnesota Gophers will face a tough test as the take on the hometown Twins. On the mound for the Twins will be a guy that is looking forward to a big season, Jose Berrios.
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After cruising through the minor leagues a season ago, Jose Berrios made his first stop at Target Field pitching in the All Star Future’s Game. He is looking to get back to the Twins home field for good this season, and has made it very clear that his goals are set high. That all begins tonight as Berrios will get his first action in big league Spring Training.
Although the collegiate Gophers shouldn’t be expected to be on his level, Berrios is actually the junior to most of the college roster. As Seth Stohs of Twins Daily points out, Berrios will be facing a lot of elder talent tonight.
It should be noted that this is likely not much more than a footnote. After all, a season in which he rose from Single-A Fort Myers all the way to Triple-A Rochester was filled with duels against players older than him.
With age being representative of very little, the Twins will be hoping that Jose Berrios makes quick work of what should be an overmatched Gophers lineup. Typically using aluminum bats, the Gophers will switch to wood for the exhbition against the Twins. Berrios will look to pound the strike zone early and often, and will hope to get ahead of hitters using a very fluid throwing motion.
Right now, the Twins have made us aware of who will be in the field for the Twins, but have yet to release the starting lineups. Stay tuned as they come available, and make sure to catch the action at 6pm on Fox Sports North.
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