Per our own Ted Schwerzler, 21-year old right-hander Jose Berrios is about to be promoted to Triple-A Rochester.
Source: Jose Berrios will be promoted to Triple-A Rochester, official announcement coming soon. #MNTwins— Ted (@tlschwerz) June 30, 2015
Berrios made 15 starts for Double-A Chattanooga, striking out 92 in 90.2 innings while allowing just 77 hits and 24 walks en route to a 3.08 ERA. In spite of being three-and-a-half years younger than the competition, he held opponents to a .232 average. As good as that is, further justification for the promotion is that Berrios was still trending up. Again, per Schwerzler:
Prior to his promotion, Jose Berrios owned a 2.53 ERA .189/.225/.270 slash line against and 15/4 K/BB in his last 4 starts #MNTwins— Ted (@tlschwerz) June 30, 2015
Logan Darnell started his first game of the year yesterday in the second game in a double-header, but Rochester's rotation should consist of Berrios, Taylor Rogers, Pat Dean, Tyler Duffey, and probably Greg Peavey. Ervin Santana will be called up to Minnesota this weekend, clearing up a spot for Berrios.
The youngest player in Rochester by three years, Berrios is also one of the youngest players in Triple-A. In his minor league career he owns a 3.06 ERA in 364.2 innings, including 381 strikeouts, a 1.15 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average. With Alex Meyer now in the Twins' bullpen, Berrios is without question the best pitching prospect in the system and one of the best right-handed pitching prospects in baseball.