FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Top pitching prospect Jose Berrios showed off his impressive stuff, registering four strikeouts over two innings in his Spring Training debut in an exhibition against the University of Minnesota -- a 3-1 Twins win -- on Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.
Berrios, ranked as the No. 32 prospect by MLB.com, gave up one unearned run on one hit while repeatedly hitting 95 mph on the radar gun and getting swings and misses with his curveball, slider and changeup.
Byron Buxton, baseball's overall No. 1 prospect, did his part as well, going 2-for-3 (both hits doubles), scoring one run and plating another.
"I did my work and I was able to help my team get the win," Berrios said. "I wasn't nervous. I was more excited. I was just trying to throw strikes and get outs."
Berrios, 20, was hurt by his defense in the first inning after hitting the first batter of the game. He induced what should have been a 4-6-3 double play, but second baseman James Beresford booted the ball for an error. Berrios later gave up a two-out RBI infield single that give the Gophers an early lead.
But Berrios was still satisfied with the result and even hinted that he believes he can throw harder than 95 mph.
"Right now, yeah, but maybe later more," he said with a smile when asked if he is happy with his velocity.