Jose Berrios

Position: RHSP
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Rochester Red Wings
Age: 21
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 32nd Rd., 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIN)

Prospect Spotlight

The Potential Tools: 60 FB, 60 CB, 60 CH, 55 Command

Strengths: Plus athleticism; athletic delivery and plus arm speed from ¾ slot; room to add good strength; great feel for pitches and pitching; lively FB works 92 to 96 mph; downhill with arm-side life; deceptive look; ball explodes out of his hand; CB is a plus offering; high-70s to low-80s velo; will add and subtract from the pitch; harder CB features tight, hard-snapping break and deep depth; 12-to-6 shape; softer CB shows bigger break and varying depth; used as a chase pitch; swing-and-miss pitch; CH features late sinking action; replicated arm speed and arm slot; plays well off of FB and effective against LHH; shown ability to make in-game adjustments; plus control around the zone; above-average command projection; high pitchability and feel.

Weaknesses: Small stature brings durability concerns about SP workload; can lose stamina late in starts; command can become loose in zone at times; FB can be squared when elevated; some believe high-leverage reliever is future role; softer CB can be squared-up when left in middle of the zone; effort to create angle on pitches and effort in overall delivery; inverted W at foot strike; shoulder injury history on resume.

Role Ceiling: 60; #2 SP.

Risk: Moderate; strength/weight needs to be added; durability concerns.

Summary: Berrios is one of the more intriguing pitching prospects in all of the minor leagues. He lacks ideal starters size, but he features the potential for three plus pitches and above-average command. His fastball works in the middle 90s with explosive life, and his curveball is a pitch he can add and subtract from to vary depth and the sharpness of the break. Both pitches will miss bats at the highest level. Movement and fastball-disguised look of his changeup gives that pitch a chance to play plus as well. There are durability concerns with Berrios, and he has already had trouble with his shoulder during his minor league career, but he features one of the better overall arsenals in minors. If he can add some weight to cope with a starter’s workload, Berrios has the pitches, pitchability and command to reach his high upside of a #2 starting pitcher.