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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:49 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...-6-Jose-Berrios

"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"


#2 AM.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:26 AM

Love this kid. Would he top any organizational prospect lists?

#3 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 07:35 AM

[FONT=Arial]he also encountered some resistance as he discovered he could not always throw his speedball by you to make you look like a fool.


Ahahahahahahahahah.[/FONT]

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:04 AM

Ahahahahahahahahah.[/FONT][/COLOR]


I saw him the other day. I was walkin' in, he was walkin' out.

Nice.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:53 AM

Wondering if his stature and delivery make him a reliever long term. Guys who rely on hiding the ball and 3/4 deliveries tend to have better success as relievers. Once the opposition starts picking up the ball out of the hand, it gets tougher for guys like Berrios. If he can come in for a couple of innings at a time, they never get used to his release point. The exceptions are guys who have a good sinker, like Masterson, which Berrios does not, judging by his GB rates.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:01 AM

I may be wrong (again), but I don't think 6' 0" is much of a "generous" measurement. I'm just a bit over that, myself, and when I would talk to him last summer, I don't ever recall feeling like I was looking down. Our eyes were pretty much the same level. Not an exact way of measuring height, I grant you.

Ironically, the one thing about Berrios that bothered me a little is also one of the reasons I think he could eventually really get better.

There were times, when errors were made behind him or he gave up a couple extra-base hits in an inning, that he lost his composure a bit on the mound. In other words, he acted like a lot of 19-year-olds would. Often, that's when he'd just try to "throw that speedball by you" and the results weren't typically good for Berrios or the Kernels.

As the summer went along, that happened less frequently. I think, as he matures, he'll keep his composure and make smarter pitches in those situations. That can do nothing but help his numbers.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of season Berrios can put together this summer.
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#7 Parker Hageman

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:07 AM

I may be wrong (again), but I don't think 6' 0" is much of a "generous" measurement.


Right, he very well could be six-even but I'm always skeptical of media guide height measurements.

How do I know you are not lying about your height??

#8 Jim Crikket

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:13 AM

Right, he very well could be six-even but I'm always skeptical of media guide height measurements.

How do I know you are not lying about your height??


Both good points.

It wouldn't be the first time my height was exaggerated. The game program for the JuCo basketball team I was a member of once listed me at 6' 11".
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:22 AM

Love this kid. Would he top any organizational prospect lists?


He might possibly be regarded as the White Sox' best prospect and would rank as the best pitching prospect were he in either Detroit's or Cleveland's system I think.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:47 AM

How tall was Johan Santana?

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:51 AM

Ahahahahahahahahah.


I know this was a Boss reference, but your reaction is more Barney:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaUWLQ052HY

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:25 AM

"I know this was a Boss reference, but your reaction is more Barney" Great theme song for Seth and the other Twins optimists (includes me). I really hope you have young kids.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:27 AM

"It wouldn't be the first time my height was exaggerated. The game program for the JuCo basketball team I was a member of once listed me at 6' 11". " Did you have an afro? (Sorry, just figured since we are already referencing 80's culture I would throw a Fletch in there.)

#14 Jim Crikket

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:36 AM

"It wouldn't be the first time my height was exaggerated. The game program for the JuCo basketball team I was a member of once listed me at 6' 11". " Did you have an afro? (Sorry, just figured since we are already referencing 80's culture I would throw a Fletch in there.)


No. Actually my afro showed up about 3 months later. (I wish I was kidding. Mine didn't look as good as Fletch's.)
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:39 PM

"I know this was a Boss reference, but your reaction is more Barney" Great theme song for Seth and the other Twins optimists (includes me). I really hope you have young kids.


I hope the Glory Days referrence isn't any indicator of Barrios success, because it seems to me the implication of the song is that the guy never made it and his best days were behind him.

Long Live the Boss!

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 02:40 PM

How tall was Johan Santana?


Santana was 6' but he was left handed and had a 70+ grade change up. Neither of those things Berrios has.

#17 Seth Stohs

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:15 PM

I talked to Berrios for about a minute at Twins Fest. I'm not 6-0, and he's not much taller than me... The general scouting belief is that because of his height and his skinniness, he may end up in the bullpen due to durability, but you never know. He's very young, but he's certainly intriguing.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:23 PM

I have never had any ball player live with me that has any better work ethic than Jose. The first to bed every night following the Elizabethton Twins ballgames and up eating Fruit Loops before I left for work every morning. He is bright, happy and has a very easy going personality. Loves his cookies and cream ice cream - but shrimp make him go "POOF"! Can't wait to see him next month in Fort Myers.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 09:45 PM

I have never had any ball player live with me that has any better work ethic than Jose. The first to bed every night following the Elizabethton Twins ballgames and up eating Fruit Loops before I left for work every morning. He is bright, happy and has a very easy going personality. Loves his cookies and cream ice cream - but shrimp make him go "POOF"! Can't wait to see him next month in Fort Myers.

I love when Madre Dos drops comments like this! It's a great reminder that these players are real people. It makes following prospects that much better. Don't feed Jose Berrios shrimp. That advice may never come in handy for me, but I'm taking note anyway

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:31 PM

He might possibly be regarded as the White Sox' best prospect

and would rank as the best pitching prospect were he in either Detroit's or Cleveland's system I think.



Jose Abreu, Eric Johnson and Micah Johnson cast dissenting votes from the WhiteSox.

Edited by jokin, 07 February 2014 - 11:33 PM.