Jose Berrios
Jose Berrios
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Berrios became an All-Star in his second full season and enters 2019 as Minnesota's unquestioned ace. He boosted his K/9 from 8.6 to 9.5 while maintaining roughly league-average walk (2.8 BB/9) and groundball rates (41.5%). Unfortunately his strikeout gains were offset by a spike in HR/FB rate (9.1% to 12.8%), so his WHIP (1.14) moved into a top-20 range, while his ERA (3.84) ranked 32nd among qualified starters. In addition to limiting baserunners and missing bats, Berrios stood out for his durability, ranking 18th in MLB with 192.1 innings while logging seven-plus innings in 13 starts. He did appear to run out of gas late in the season with a 4.56 ERA and 4.7 BB/9 over the last two months, but still had a 10.1 K/9 over that stretch. Berrios has also had a troubling home-away split in his career, with a 4.85 road ERA last season. With good health, the 24-year-old righty should repeat his 2018 and with good luck and/or skills growth, he could surpass it. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $620,000 contract with the Twins in March of 2019.
Expected to start Game 1
PMinnesota Twins
April 19, 2019
Berrios is in line to start the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Berrios was scheduled to take the mound Friday before weather postponed the contest, but after taking advantage of an extra day of rest, he's listed as the probable pitcher for the first game of Minnesota's twin bill. Martin Perez is expected to start the nightcap for the Twins.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .227 745 178 78 148 33 2 23
Since 2017vs Right .222 770 191 36 157 30 2 20
2019vs Left .150 43 10 2 6 2 0 1
2019vs Right .164 59 18 3 9 2 1 2
2018vs Left .213 415 110 42 78 19 1 13
2018vs Right .231 382 92 19 81 12 0 12
2017vs Left .260 287 58 34 64 12 1 9
2017vs Right .222 329 81 14 67 16 1 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2017Home 2.67 0.93 188.2 20 5 0 9.7 2.1 0.5
Since 2017Away 4.89 1.38 176.2 8 15 0 8.4 3.6 1.7
2019Home 1.26 0.56 14.1 2 0 0 10.7 1.3 0.6
2019Away 3.46 0.92 13.0 0 1 0 7.6 2.1 1.4
2018Home 3.03 0.97 107.0 9 4 0 9.9 2.2 0.5
2018Away 4.85 1.36 85.1 3 7 0 8.9 3.7 2.0
2017Home 2.41 0.95 67.1 9 1 0 9.2 2.1 0.4
2017Away 5.17 1.47 78.1 5 7 0 8.0 3.7 1.4
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How does Jose Berrios compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Those who held firm in the belief that Berrios was the pitcher we saw in the minors and not the pitcher we saw in the majors in 2016 were handsomely rewarded last season. Berrios struggled so mightily in his big-league debut (8.02 ERA, 5.4 BB/9) it put into question his minor-league success, high pedigree (No. 32 overall pick in 2012) and prominent placement on prospect rankings from 2014 to 2016. He put those concerns to rest once called up to the majors in May by vastly reducing his walks (3.0 BB/9) while maintaining a solid strikeout rate (8.6 K/9) thanks largely to a 94 mph sinker with excellent late movement. He also heavily utilizes his four-seam fastball and hard 82 mph curveball, while occasionally mixing in a changeup, which is clearly his worst pitch. He'll need to improve his performance on the road (5.17 ERA and 12 homers allowed in 15 away starts), but otherwise looks set to take the mantle as Minnesota's ace at age 23.
Berrios entered last year as Minnesota's top pitching prospect, but his first tour of the majors went so poorly it raised questions about his viability to make an impact with the Twins. Berrios began the season at Triple-A and was spectacular at Rochester with a 2.51 ERA and 10.1 K/9 along with the good control he displayed in minors (2.9 BB/9). It was a different story in the majors, as he was hit hard across three stints. Berrios had an 8.02 ERA, gave up 12 home runs in 14 starts and was uncharacteristically wild with a 5.4 BB/9. Successful major league pitchers frequently struggle in their first trip to the majors, but few performed as poorly as Berrios. He did have a respectable 7.5 K/9 and 93.3 mph average fastball in the majors and earned a win with a decent final start (one earned run in five innings). He'll likely need to regroup at Triple-A at the start of the season before he gets another chance in the majors.
Berrios, the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, is Minnesota's top pitching prospect and could win a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He began last season at Double-A Chattanooga and was dominant with a 3.08 ERA and 9.2 K/9. He then was even better after being promoted to Triple-A with a 2.62 ERA and 9.9 K/9. Minnesota decided not to call him up in September over concerns about his workload. People once questioned his upside given his smaller frame (6-feet, 187 pounds), but he's put most of those issues to rest after dominating at the higher levels of the minors. It's possible the Twins could keep Berrios at Triple-A for a couple weeks to gain an extra year of control, but he has proven all he can in the minors, and should be a mainstay in the Twins' rotation at some point in the early going.
Berrios, the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, jumped three levels in 2014 and has staked his claim to be considered Minnesota's top pitching prospect. He began the season at High-A, but was promoted to Double-A in July after going 9-3 with a 1.96 ERA and 109:23 K:BB ratio in 96.1 innings. His numbers were not as impressive at Double-A as he had a 3.54 ERA and just a 6.2 K/9, but he held his own as a younger player age 20 at the level. Berrios then made one appearance in September at Triple-A. He has a mid-90s fastball and showed strong strikeout rates before Double-A (10.2 K/9 at High-A) with good control. While some analysts question his upside given his smaller frame (6-feet, 187 pounds), he's also seen as athletic with strong secondary pitches. Berrios will likely begin the season at Double-A, but a strong first few months could push him to the majors by the end of the summer.
Berrios, the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, was impressive in his first full season as a professional. He had a 3.99 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and 100:40 K:BB ratio with Low-A Cedar Rapids at just 19 years old. He did give up 10 runs in 10 innings in his final two starts, after missing time with a right elbow contusion, but he's expected to be fully healthy by spring training. The high school draft pick out of Puerto Rico is not huge at 6-0, 190, but he's able to hit the mid-90s with his fastball and is seen as athletic. A strong season at High-A could put him in position to join the Minnesota rotation in 2015.
Berrios, the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, had an impressive professional debut as he had a 1.17 ERA and 49:4 K:BB in 30.2 innings between two levels of rookie ball. The high school draft pick out of Puerto Rico is not huge at six-feet and 190 pounds, but he is able to hit the mid-90s with his fastball and is seen as athletic. He could quickly rise to among Minnesota's top pitching prospects with a strong showing in his first full season.
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Friday's game postponed
PMinnesota Twins
April 19, 2019
Berrios won't make his scheduled start Friday against the Orioles as the game was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up via a doubleheader Saturday.
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Secures second victory
PMinnesota Twins
April 14, 2019
Berrios (2-1) notched the win by allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven over 6.2 innings Sunday against Detroit.
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Tough loss to swallow
PMinnesota Twins
April 7, 2019
Berrios (1-1) took the loss Sunday against Philadelphia after surrendering two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings.
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Solid effort in no-decision
PMinnesota Twins
April 2, 2019
Berrios didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Royals, allowing three runs on seven hits over seven innings while striking out four.
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Dominant in first start
PMinnesota Twins
March 28, 2019
Berrios (1-0) got the win against the Indians on Thursday, giving up no runs on just two hits over 7.2 innings, striking out 10 and walking one as the Twins triumphed 2-0.
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