Twins' Jose Berrios turns heads with nifty breaking ball

BY Ryan Lund • June 1, 2017

The Minnesota Twins are reshaping their franchise with an injection of youth and prospects.

Every Thursday for the rest of the season, FOX Sports North will take a closer look at some specific young players -- as well as noting others who might be stepping up -- measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.

This is the 4th edition of the 2017 Young Twins Tracker.



Jose Berrios (age 22)

*Now that he's in the majors this will be Berrios' last appearance in the Young Twins Tracker.

Last week: 2 games (2 starts), 2-0, 14 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 18 K

Season: 3 games (3 starts), 3-0, 1.66 ERA, 21.2 IP, 8 H, 3 HR, 4 BB, 22 K,

Season (Triple-A): 6 games (6 starts), 3-0, 1.13 ERA, 39.2 IP, 24 H, 0 HR, 8 BB, 39 K, .080 OBA, 0.391 WHIP

Notable: The hype surrounding Berrios' sophomore season went nuclear following his second start, an eight-inning shutout that featured 11 strikeouts. The raw numbers from his third start -- 6.1 innings, seven Ks, three solo home runs -- aren't quite as impressive, but that breaking ball. Just look at it.

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Nick Burdi (age 24/Double-A)

Last week: 2 games (0 starts), 0-0, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Season: 14 games (no starts), 2-0, 0.53 ERA, 17 IP, 9 H, 1 HR, 4 BB, 20 K, .161 OBA, 0.765 WHIP

Notable:  He allowed three hits last week and had just one strikeout, but Burdi has now gone seven games and 8.2 innings without allowing a run.

 

Lewin Diaz (age 20/Low-A)

Last week: 6 games, 22 AB, 6 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 4 BB, 5 K, .273 BA.

Season: 44 games, 170 AB, .288 BA, .324 OBP, .506 SLG, .830 OPS, 17 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 19 R, 28 RBI, 0 SB, 9 BB, 28 K.

Notable: Diaz's 12-game hitting streak came to an end Tuesday, when he went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Clinton LumberKings. He bounced back in the third game of the series, hitting his 17th double of the season.

 

Stephen Gonsalves (age 22/Double-A)

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 0-1, 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Season: 2 game (1 start), 0-1, 4.50 ERA, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 K, .143 OBA, 0.75 WHIP

Notable: Gonsalves made his season debut last week after recovering from a shoulder injury. He allowed a home run in his return after allowing just three last season, but made up with it with a slick catch, flashing his glove and making a backhanded grab on a line drive.



 

Nick Gordon (age 21/Double-A)

Last week: 6 games, 21 AB, 4 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 R, 0 RBI, 2 SB, 3 BB, 6 K, .190 BA.

Season: 43 games, 171 AB, .304 BA, .372 OBP, .485 SLG, .857 OPS, 12 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 26 R, 23 RBI, 3 SB, 19 BB, 40 K.

Notable: Gordon went through a minor slump last week, going hitless in three games and hitting just .190 overall, before smacking two doubles in a loss to the Biloxi Shuckers.

 

ByungHo Park (age 30/Triple-A)

Last week: 6 games, 25 AB, 6 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 5 K, .240 BA

Season: 17 games, 69 AB, .246 BA, .288 OBP, .464 SLG, .751 OPS, 6 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 R, 9 RBI, 0 SB, 4 BB, 18 K.

Notable: Park continues to work his way back after a month-long absence. He hit two more home runs last week.

 

Kohl Stewart (age 22/Double-A)

Last week: N/A

Season: 6 games (6 starts), 0-4, 5.62 ERA, 24 IP, 26 H, 1 HR, 22 BB, 14 K, .280 OBA, 2.00 WHIP

Notable: Stewart hasn't pitched May 7, and is suffering from tendinitis in his left knee.

 

Others: OF Jaylin Davis led the organization last week with 10 hits and three home runs for Cedar Rapids… 3B Chris Paul of Fort Myers hit .375/.545.750 in 16 at bats… RHP Fernando Romero pitched 12 innings and racked up 15 strikeouts.

Statistics courtesy milb.com and baseball-reference.com



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