Monday, July 7, 2014

Future's Game Profile: Jose Berrios

It started on draft night when the cameras turned to a young man surrounded by his family and friends as a life changing moment was taking place. Jose Berrios was taken by the Twins in the supplemental round of the 2012 MLB Draft and the room exploded around him. The joy on his face could clearly be seen as tears started to enter his eyes.

His dream had come true as the Puerto Rican native was going to live out his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. The 18-year old had worked his entire life to hear his name called and the Twins made this dream a reality. This was the first time fans got a taste of the personality of Berrios and it was already easy to like him and his story.

Flash-forward a couple of seasons and Berrios is in the middle of a breakout campaign with the Fort Myers Miracle. He is making the Florida State League look like his own personal proving ground. This is a league that is typically slanted towards pitchers but he has been one of the best pitchers in the minors over the last month.

For the month of June, Berrios went a minimum of six innings in his outings and never allowed more than two earned runs. His 53 strikeouts lead all pitchers in the minor leagues and he never struck out fewer than seven batters. In two of his starts, he went seven innings and only allowed one run. His performance in the month of June earned him the MLB Pipeline Pitching Prospect of the Month.

Berrios is a fun follow on Twitter as well. He announced his select for the Future's Game on Twitter before the rosters were released. He's also a very humble player who gives a lot of the credit to other people around him. His mom also is very passionate about her son and she retweets almost anything about Jose on the Twitter machine.

The Future's Game will not be the first time Berrios has competed on a big stage. He pitched out of the Puerto Rican bullpen in last year's World Baseball Classic. There might be a little added pressure of stepping out on to Target Field for the first time in front of the hometown crowd but it shouldn't be anything the 20-year can't handle.

His ultimate dream is to get to Target Field and he will make that dream a reality on Sunday. It won't be a permanent stay but he will get a small taste of what is to come...

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