Minnesota Twins: The Road to the Show, Jose Berrios Edition
Jose Berrios has been dominating Triple-A teams and it is time to bring him back to the Show.
The Minnesota Twins have their ace of the future proving what he can do in Triple-A. The time is now to bring Jose Berrios up to the MLB once again. He can bring energy to a pitching staff that needs it.
Berrios did not have the most welcoming entrance to Major League Baseball last season. In his fourteen starts last season he went 3-7 with an 8.02 ERA. He pitched 58.1 innings averaging a little over four innings per start.
The minor leagues have been a different story for Berrios. He has a 2.77 ERA in just under 100 starts while averaging 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Berrios has completely dominated minor league hitters.
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This season is no different for him as he is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA and averages just under seven innings per outing. The real question is whether or not he is ready to handle major league hitters.
The Twins have an opening in their rotation right now with Kyle Gibson being sent down last week. Nick Tepesch didn’t prove he belonged in the rotation, although the error by Jorge Polanco undid his first start. Jose Berrios has a great chance to be a contributor along with Ervin Santana and Hector Santiago.
Berrios could debut this year against the same team he made him MLB debut, but hopefully with a different result.
Sunday was Berrios’ last start with the Rochester Red Wings in a 3-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. His next slated start would be Friday unless he is called up.
The Twins have an opening on Thursday against the White Sox but Nick Tepesch will likely get his second start then. They also have an opening on Saturday against Cleveland, the team he debuted against last year. Berrios will look to have a different result from his debut.
In his debut he pitched four innings giving up five runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. His time in the major leagues last year was up and down but he never truly figured out major leaguers.
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The road is paved for Berrios to join the Twins; it’s time for him to get another shot at becoming the ace of the Minnesota Twins. He has done everything he can at Triple-A to prove he is ready. Besides, he can offer some help in inter-league play with a 1.000 batting average.