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Monday, June 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JOSE BERRIOS SP MINNESOTA TWINS

Back in March, yours truly was such a fan of Minnesota Twins hard-throwing sophomore starter Jose Berrios that I selected him as my "Darkhorse AL Cy Young Award" winner.  Blessed with a fastball that approaches 100-mph and with offspeed stuff that continued to improve, Berrios had all of the tools needed to dominate from the start of the 2018 fantasy baseball season.  Fast forward to Sunday as Berrios engineered yet another masterpiece on the mound as he tossed 7 innings of 3-hit shutout ball with 2 walks and a massive 12 strikeouts as the ball was darting all over the mound in eliciting a ton of swings and misses.  The outing also lowered his season ERA to a sparkling 3.15 and the WHIP just as impressive at 0.95 as Berrios picked up his eighth win.  In addition, Berrios also now carries around with him the following advanced numbers:

9.52 K/9
1.75 BB/9
1.05 HR/9
.255 BABIP

While Berrios has in fact gotten some luck on the batted ball, even his FIP (3.26) and XFIP (3.38) ERA's are excellent which shows overall how great he is pitching.  Again, the strikeouts tell the story here as Berrios' 9.52 is ace-level power stuff but the crucial part in all this is that he has shown uncanny control as well for such a young pitcher.  You don't typically see 1.75 BB/9 rates from someone who throws so hard and who is also so young and with a home run rate that is good enough, Berrios has been about as tough a pitcher for a hitter to face as any in all of baseball this season.  So while the AL is chock full of ace starters who will challenge for the Cy Young Award, Berrios is holding his own with the big guns in the league already and the future seems even more promising. 


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