FORT MYERS, Fla. – Right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios was deemed good enough to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, but the Minnesota Twins did not feel he was worthy of a spot on the team’s roster.
The team optioned the 22 year old to Triple-A Rochester, New York on March 25 as it continues to fine-tune its roster for the regular season.
According to Mike Berardino of twincities.com, Berrios said his time with his national team may have hurt his chances to survive the final roster cuts. Still, he said, he has no regrets.
“Playing for Puerto Rico is an honor; it makes me proud,” Berrios said. “I know this is my team, it’s my job. This is who drafted me. This is who I’m going to make it with, but you don’t get to play for Puerto Rico every day or every year. That’s not how it is.”
The good news for Berrios is that after making 14 MLB starts last year, he is likely to be called up as soon as the Twins need someone to fill a starting role. Until then, his season will unfold on Rochester, where he is slated to pitch on March 29.