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Jose Orlando Berrios
(J.O.; La Maquina)

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[edit] Biographical Information

Jose Berrios was a supplemental first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft. The Minnesota Twins took Berrios with the 32nd pick of the draft, the first supplemental pick, compensation for the loss of Michael Cuddyer. He was the second Puerto Rican picked, following #1 pick Carlos Correa and the second of three Twins first-rounders (after Byron Buxton and before Luke Bard). Berrios had been timed as high as 96 mph on his fastball in high school and also had a hard curveball and a changeup with movement. He soon signed and made his pro debut with the GCL Twins on June 29th.

Berrios concluded his first year in MILB undefeated, gathering 3 wins with a collective ERA of 1.17 between the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League, where he pitched for the Elizabethton Twins. In 2013, he was the youngest member of the Puerto Rican national team that reached the finals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, then spent the entire season with the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League, going 7-7 with a 3.99 ERA in 19 starts. He struck out 100 in 103 2/3 innings and was over two years younger than the average player in the circuit. In 2014, he began the season with the Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League, where he was 9-3, 1.97 in 16 starts. He was selected to start the 2014 Futures Game for the World team, then earned a promotion to the AA New Britain Rock Cats and for good measure also toiled in AAA for the Rochester Red Wings before the season was out. Altogether, his record was 12-8, 2.77 in 25 starts, with 139 2/3 innings pitched, 140 strikeouts and only 38 walks.

Berrios hoped to make the Twins pitching staff out of spring training in 2015, but instead went back to AA, this time with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. He was 8-3, 3.08 in 15 starts to earn a mid-season promotion to Rochester. For the second straight year, he was named the World team's starter in the Futures Game. Like he had done in 2014, he pitched a scoreless innings to get things started.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Jordan Garretson: "Twins land pitching in compensation round",, June 4, 2012.
  • Jorge L. Ortiz: "Jose Berrios starts in Futures Game again with sights on big leagues", USA Today Sports, July 12, 2015. [1]
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