Jose Berrios promoted to Double-A
Again who glory should glory, my God thank you! Another goal set forward already accomplished now lit!… http://t.co/6c8T9DAGSW— #JOBerrios (@JOlaMaquina) July 7, 2014
Berrios has been promoted from Fort Myers to New Britain. The 20-year old dominated hitters of the Florida State League, striking out 109 in 96.1 innings and 16 starts. And he only got better: the 1.96 ERA is impressive, but it was just 1.36 in his last ten starts.
Double-A will be a challenge for Berrios. Or at least, it should be. He was 3.2 years younger than the average player in Fort Myers. It's going to be around four years now that he's up another level. Let's be patient and see what he has to offer, because with the kind of year he's been having - you just never know.
Byron Buxton returns to action
Buxton's season didn't begin until May as it was, but he missed another month before finally making his return to game action yesterday. He's been so off and on this year that it's going to take a little time to get his timing back, but he does have a few valuable weeks worth of experience yet to come this summer. He's still Baseball America's top prospect on their midseason list.
Trevor May to be out longer than initially thought, Alex Meyer takes roster spot
I should know better than to put a lot of stock in an initial health report. Trevor May now out for Futures Game. Meyer replacing. #mntwins— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) July 7, 2014
Remember when we were discussing May's injury, and then someone told me it was little more than some time off and that he'd be back after his seven days were up? That hasn't so much worked out. Here's a pertinent section from our discussion regarding May's injury:
We don't know just how serious of an issue this strain is for May, but at the very least it now should be considered an honest grade one and not just time off. If we're looking at anything more than a grade one, it's possible that they'll just shut May down for the remainder of Rochester's season and revisit his health when it's time to consider pitching in the off-season.
Replacing May on the roster for the Futures Game will be Alex Meyer. Meyer's stuff is more impressive than May's, but it's been Meyer's command that's been an issue this season. That, and the eternal criticism of needing more consistency, seem to be what's held him back from joining the Twins. Still, we'll see him in Minnesota sometime after the All-Star break.