2016 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Things To Know About Jose Berrios

By Adam McGill

Minnesota Twins SP Jose Berrios made his fantasy baseball debut on Wednesday night, and while his final stat line looks a little rough, he certainly had his bright spots. He struck out five batters, while allowing six hits and two walks in five innings. He didn’t get the win and ended up being charged with five earned runs when it was all said and done. Either way, though, it was a rather successful debut, and the youngster will be a popular waiver wire pickup this weekend. So to help you find out everything you need to know about the young right-hander, here are five facts every fantasy fan should know about Jose Berrios.

2016 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Things To Know About Jose Berrios
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5. Already The Best Arm In Minnesota

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Minnesota chose not to call up Berrios last September, despite being just outside of the playoff chase and having a slew of subpar starters. With Kyle Gibson and Tommy Milone hitting the DL this week, though, Berrios will finally get his chance. He has more raw talent than anyone on their roster and the 21-year-old will immediately become the team’s best pitcher.

5. Already The Best Arm In Minnesota

Minnesota chose not to call up Berrios last September, despite being just outside of the playoff chase and having a slew of subpar starters. With Kyle Gibson and Tommy Milone hitting the DL this week, though, Berrios will finally get his chance. He has more raw talent than anyone on their roster and the 21-year-old will immediately become the team’s best pitcher.

4. Small Frame

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Berrios stands at a slender 6-foot, 187 pounds, which is a considerable difference from all the 200-pound innings-eaters around the majors. Some scouts believe the Puerto Rican national doesn't have the size to be a reliable starter and think he would be better suited for the bullpen. However, starters like Marcus Stroman and Carlos Martinez have proved that size no longer matters in baseball.

4. Small Frame

Berrios stands at a slender 6-foot, 187 pounds, which is a considerable difference from all the 200-pound innings-eaters around the majors. Some scouts believe the Puerto Rican national doesn't have the size to be a reliable starter and think he would be better suited for the bullpen. However, starters like Marcus Stroman and Carlos Martinez have proved that size no longer matters in baseball.

3. Led The Minors In Ks In 2015

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Berrios led all minor league pitchers in 2015 with 175 strikeouts through 166.1 innings of work. He struck out 20 batters in 17 innings in the minors this season and fanned another five batters in his MLB debut. Berrios will give Minnesota a true strikeout starter, which is something they have missed since Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano were in the Twin Cities.

3. Led The Minors In Ks In 2015

Berrios led all minor league pitchers in 2015 with 175 strikeouts through 166.1 innings of work. He struck out 20 batters in 17 innings in the minors this season and fanned another five batters in his MLB debut. Berrios will give Minnesota a true strikeout starter, which is something they have missed since Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano were in the Twin Cities.

2. Lives In Lower Half Of Zone

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Berrios lives in the lower half of the strike zone. He has a fastball that averages in the mid-90s with a nasty curveball, but the young starter loves to abuse the lower-third of the strike zone. Look for him to be a reliable groundball pitcher and continually frustrate major league hitters.

2. Lives In Lower Half Of Zone

Berrios lives in the lower half of the strike zone. He has a fastball that averages in the mid-90s with a nasty curveball, but the young starter loves to abuse the lower-third of the strike zone. Look for him to be a reliable groundball pitcher and continually frustrate major league hitters.

1. Poised To Be A Fantasy Ace

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Berrios may have just made his debut but has had the making of a fantasy ace for years now. He is a proven innings-eater and one of the most promising strikeout pitchers in all of baseball. Much like Noah Syndergaard and Sonny Gray, it won’t take this kid long to mature into a fantasy superstar.

1. Poised To Be A Fantasy Ace

Berrios may have just made his debut but has had the making of a fantasy ace for years now. He is a proven innings-eater and one of the most promising strikeout pitchers in all of baseball. Much like Noah Syndergaard and Sonny Gray, it won’t take this kid long to mature into a fantasy superstar.

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