Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios has only pitched in a few games this season, yet he might already have the league’s most un-hittable pitch. He’s already earned a spot on the all-time list of un-hittable pitches at the tender age of 23:
There is nothing unorthodox about Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios’ delivery. He takes a step back, gathers and releases at a three-quarter delivery. If you were to stop the film right there, you’d find no difference between him and any other pitcher in Major League Baseball today. It is what happens next that separates Berrios from the rest. It is what happens next that is most noteworthy. It is what happens next that defies the laws of physics.
Jose Berrios just fanned Caleb Joseph with this absurd breaking ball pic.twitter.com/L1XGrmjygf
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) May 24, 2017
Renowned astrophysicist and ultimate badass, Neil DeGrasse Tyson said, “The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” Neither does Berrios.
It is impossible to compute how a pitcher who looks like he’s hurling wiffle balls finished last year with an 8.02 ERA. We’ve seen good movement before. Peak Barry Zito would go from midnight to six and still have time to serenade you on his acoustic guitar. Clayton Kershaw can really loop one in there, as long as it’s not October. Very few though, have given us the movement the Twins’ right-hander brings.
Jose Berrios, nasty Strikeout of Trumbo (92mph Sinker sandwiched between 2 slices of filthy Curveballs). pic.twitter.com/bpwCKjbMSl
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 24, 2017
It is beyond comprehension that a pitcher who is now making hitters look like “Casey at the Bat,” failed to hold a steady roster spot on a team that lost over 100 games last year. Yet, here we are.
Since his call up, Berrios is averaging 7 innings per start. He has faced 79 hitters, ringing up 22, allowing only four walks. To put it into simple math, the Puerto Rico native is striking out batters at a 28% clip. By comparison, Berrios walked 13% of his batters last year. Finally, did we mention he has a 1.66 ERA this year as well?
Furthermore, that knee-knocker of a pitch has been measured to move as far as nine inches from right to left from delivery to reception. That ball, the “experts” are calling a breaking pitch has been clocked in the low-to-mid-80s. Couple that with a fastball consistently reaching mid-to-high 90s. As a result, hitters are looking absolutely feeble at the plate.
— Touch Base Twins (@touchbasetwins) May 19, 2017
Berrios is just 23 years old. Twenty years from now, we’ll either be talking about 2017 as the year #17 for Minnesota stormed the scene, blowing smoke and dropping the hammer on batters without discretion. Or we’ll remember Berrios as a cautionary tale. One who exploded on the scene and vanquished opponents with disrespectfully nasty substance. Either way, we’ll wonder what happened. We’ll demand answers. The universe owes us nothing.