Saturday, January 2, 2016

Fantasy Focus: 2016 Impact Rookies- Jose Berrios

Jose Berrios, RHP.  DOB:  5/27/1994.  6'0", 190 lbs.  Organization:  Minnesota Twins.

AA:  8-3, 3.08, 90.2 IP, 9.13 K/9, 2.38 BB/9.
AAA:  6-2, 2.62, 75.2 IP, 9.87 K/9, 1.67 BB/9.

The Twins drafted Berrios #32 overall in the 2012 draft out of HS in Puerto Rico.  He has performed well at every level in the minors.  Last year was his best pro season, splitting time between AA and AAA levels.  He finished particularly strong with 32 K's against just 2 BB's in 25 IP in his last 4 AAA starts.  He is not big for a pitcher, but looks sturdy on the mound.  He maximizes his height with an over-the-top delivery.  He's a hard thrower with a FB that runs in the mid-high 90's.  He likes to work up the the zone.  He also throws a sharp breaking slider on a steep downward plane plus a slow curveball.  His changeup is good enough to keep hitters off the FB.

As John Sickels says, "he is ready now."  The Twins may play some service time games and send him down to start 2016, but he will pitch most of 2016 in the majors, barring injury, of course.  He will be immediately rosterable upon activation to the 25 man MLB roster even in 10 team re-draft leagues, and if you are reading this, there is a good chance you will be the only manager in your league who has heard of him.

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