Berrios off to impressive start in Minors

Berrios off to impressive start in Minors

SEATTLE -- Twins prospect J.O. Berrios, the No. 32 overall pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft, has been impressive so far in the Minors since signing on June 15.

The right-hander has posted a 0.70 ERA with 43 strikeouts and four walks in 25 2/3 innings, split between the Gulf Coast League Twins and Rookie-level Elizabethton. His latest gem came on Friday night, when he struck out 11 over five scoreless frames.

Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony saw him pitch in the GCL, and liked what he saw from the 18-year-old Puerto Rico native.

"He's the best-looking pitching prospect that we've drafted in a long time, for me," Antony said. "He pitches and has a mound presence of a college guy. He's got good stuff, really good. He was sitting at 93-94 and touching 96. He's got a good breaking ball. Throws strikes, gets ahead in the count, can put people away, he doesn't pick at the zone at all."