What could the Minnesota Twins starting rotation look like in 2018?

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Starting pitcher Ervin Santana
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Starting pitcher Ervin Santana /
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 19: Jose Berrios
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 19: Jose Berrios /

4. RHP Jose Berríos

In reality, I believe Berríos breaks out in 2018 after playing a majority of 2017. Of course, he came up with the Twins in 2016, but struggled mightily adjusting to the MLB game. Yet, he responded with a fantastic showing in year two with a 14-8 record and 3.89 ERA in 25 starts. In the process, Berríos put up 139 strikeouts in 145.2 innings and should only build on his first strong year in the big leagues.

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Rising through the minor league system, Berríos was heavily discussed as a big-time prospect for Minnesota. A pitcher that could come in and establish himself at the top of the rotation. Some even thought that he could become the ace of the staff, which isn’t out of the question. I mean, he definitely has ace-caliber stuff, featuring a mid-to-high 90s fastball and killer breaking ball.

Even so, he’s proved to be a bit of a head case in his first couple of seasons. In particular, he tends to let the little things get to him and has a tough time responding positively to negative events. Admittedly, he responded better in difficult situations over the course of last season and was trusted enough to step in for Ervin Santana in the Wild Care Game.

Heading into the 2018 season, don’t be surprised for Berríos to become the elite pitcher many believed he’d be in the MLB. While he may be the fourth starter in this prediction, he’s another starter who could easily make his way up to becoming the ace of the Twins.