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José Berríos

Born: 05/27/1994 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 205
Extremely quick arm; Long arm action, drops down immediately out of glove. Gets out over front side well. Delivery not completely smooth, but not max effort; best described as controlled violence.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 05/11/2014
Affiliate Fort Myers Miracle (High A, Twins)
Dates Seen 5/7/14
OFP 65
MLB ETA 2016
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 65 93-94 95 Electric fastball, below average present command.Touched 95 with 4-seam fastball, which had some cutting action. Threw 2-seam fastball at 91-92 with arm-side run. Command better to arm side. Had a tendency to overthrow and pull fastball to glove side. Was much more willing to go inside on left-hand hitters than right-hand hitters. Struggles to create downward plane. Held velocity deep into start.
Curveball 60 79-80 82 Hard curveball with big break; could be classified as a slurve. Big sweeping break, more side to side than downward, but its a hard break; not loopy at all. Above-avearge command of the pitch. Throws it for strikes early in count, sweeps it out of the zone with two strikes.
Change-up 65 83-86   Best current pitch. Plus downward action. Great deception due to plus arm speed. Created swings and misses and bad contact with the pitch. Commanded it well and was consistently down in the zone or below it

Berrios is the full - albeit small - package. He has the electric arm and natural velocity that can't be taught and two potential plus off-speed pitches (the change-up is already plus). He's not the biggest player, but his frame will be able to hold up to the rigors of starting pitching. His fastball command needs to improve but it's not too far off, and when it does, the change-up will play up even further. Despite his stature, he held his velocity well into his start. If the fastball command doesn't improve, he'll make for a strong high-leverage reliever, but the body and the arsenal is capable of being a starter.

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