Prelander Berroa, RHP
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: Traded from Minnesota (7/31/2019) with others for Sam Dyson
SIGNED: International Signing by Minnesota, June 2018
LAST LEVEL: Low-A
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #8 Starting Pitcher, #20 Overall
Performance: When last we saw Berroa, he was struggling through 2019, with a 4.55 ERA in the Appalachian (Rookie) League, and putting up a 9.56 ERA in four games in Salem-Keizer. He had a lot of time to put things together before his Single-A debut in 2021, and he did so nicely, posting a 3.56 ERA in 24 games.
Berroa starts the season with shorter starts, not making it past 3.2 innings for his first month of the year, and struggled a bit, including a game where he allowed five unearned runs on five hits and one walk in 2/3 of an inning. But he got stronger as the season wore on, pitching longer stints as well, including three straight games with 9+ strikeouts in late July. But Berroa’s weakness was definitely against left-handed hitters, who hit nearly 100 points better against him, with more power and better walk rates.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Berroa is a power pitcher, throwing his fastball in the mid-90’s and touching 99, with a slurvy slider that he uses to get his strikeouts. His third pitch, a changeup, still needs a lot of development. In Low-A, the two pitch mix has mostly been enough, though he gives up more contact than you’d like out of power pitcher.
Berroa’s two-pitch mix is a big explanation as to why left-handed hitters had such good numbers against him, since he didn’t have his changeup to attack them with. With his contact, he’s also given up a lot of fly balls, which led to his giving up 1.2 home runs per every nine innings.
2022 Outlook: He’ll be in High-A next season, with his pitch mix likely to be his top priority. He’ll also be given a bigger workload for the entire season, to help building up his stamina.
Future Profile: Berroa has the power pitcher profile that teams would love to turn into a starter, with a mid-rotation ceiling. But if Berroa doesn’t develop that third pitch, he could find a future as back-of-the-bullpen reliever down the road.