In a time where the majority of the baseball world is focused on which players are or are not being traded, the Minnesota Twins are trying to take the focus away from that. It appears that they’re doing that, by promoting top prospect Jose Berrios to the major leagues.
MLB.com Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger tweeted out earlier this evening that a club source confirmed that the team will bring Berrios back to the major leagues, and the 22-year-old right-hander will join the team on Monday for their upcoming road trip against the Indians.
A source confirms the Twins are calling up right-handed pitching prospect Jose Berrios. He’ll join the Twins on Monday in Cleveland.
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 31, 2016
Berrios will get another shot at the big leagues after his first stint didn’t go so well. In four starts earlier this season, Berrios went 1-1 with an ERA north of 10.00. He had a WHIP of 2.13 and allowed 17 runs in 15 innings pitched. However, the 2016 season appears to be a “tale-of-two-cities” with Berrios. His time with Minnesota didn’t go too well, but his results have been much different with Triple-A Rochester. In 16 starts for Rochester, Berrios is 10-5 with a 2.44 ERA. His WHIP is just a tick above 1.00, and he’s only allowed 28 earned runs in 103.1 innings pitched.
This move comes with very little potential consequences, as the Twins are already well out of playoff contention. Minnesota’s pitching staff has been very poor this season, currently sporting the third-worst team ERA in baseball at 4.86. To make matters worse, the Twins only have one starter with an ERA south of 4.50, and his name is Ervin Santana. Santana has been Minnesota’s best pitcher this season, owning a 3-9 record with a 3.78 ERA in 114.1 innings pitched. Aside from Santana, the rest of the Twins staff has gone 18-37 with a 5.48 ERA in 475.9 innings pitched. Clearly, this move is intended to breathe some fresh air into a rotten rotation.
Berrios isn’t the first prospect to get the call this season. He’ll join other top prospects Julio Urias, Lucas Giolito, Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon, and Blake Snell as youngsters that have been given a chance this season. All six of those players have made multiple starts for their respective teams.
As the month of September draws near, minor league call-ups are going to become more frequent. With the major league rosters expanding from 25 men to 40 men, there will be a fair amount of young talent that will get a shot to show what they have this fall. Berrios is just one of many that hope to latch on with their big-league club for the long-term.