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The Flame-Thrower

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J.O. Berrios

Team: Puerto Rico
Position: RHP
Bats: Right. Throws: Right

Another young Minnesota Twins prospect (drafted in the supplemental first round last summer), Berrios is only 18 years old but is already reaching 97 mph with his fastball. Throw in a hard curve and a changeup that so far has been surprisingly effective for his age, and it should be interesting to see how he fares against the big-time competition he'll face in the WBC. In his first season as a pro (he split time between the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League), he went 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a WHIP of 0.60 in 11 games.