Twins sign Draft pick Berrios

Twins sign Draft pick Berrios

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander J.O. Berrios, the No. 32 overall pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft, was at Target Field on Friday to officially sign his contract.

Berrios, who went to Papa Juan XXIII High School in Puerto Rico, said he was excited to get his professional career started, according to translator and Twins scout Hector Otero.

"It was his dream since childhood to be drafted by a Major League team, so when he heard his name it was something unbelievable," Otero said. "He couldn't wait to come to Minnesota and start his career."

Berrios, 18, will report to the Gulf Coast League Twins to begin his career. Otero said that Berrios has made big strides on the mound over the last year, including a no-hitter in a showcase game that included Carlos Correa, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft.

"His velocity has been improving for the last year," Otero said. "He was from 90-92 early in the spring to consistently 94-96. It's been impressive. So he's been consistent. He's been dominant with lots of strikeouts in every game."