José Orlando Berríos...Pronounced beh-REE-ohs...Husband to Jannieliz and father to Valentina, Sebastian and Diego José...Favourite player growing up was Iván Rodríguez...If he wasn’t a baseball player, he would be a teacher...Was a 2012 graduate of Papa Juan XXIII High School, one of four players from that high school to be drafted...Named 2011 Underclass High Honorable Mention and 2012 Rawlings Second-team All-American...Was the 14th pitcher selected in the June 2012 draft, 28 spots after his Blue Jays teammate Kevin Gausman...Played for Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and made two appearances, going 0-1 with five hits and four earned runs allowed, one walk and one strikeout in two games...Brother-in-law of Tigers infielder Javier Báez as their wives are sisters...Was in Báez’s wedding party in the winter of 2019...Over the winter of 2018-19, donated gym equipment and $20,000 to Casa los Forjadores de Esperanza to improve their facilities...The facility is an orphanage in his hometown of Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
His 3.52 ERA was fifth best in the AL while his 192.0 innings pitched ranked second...Set a career-high with 204 strikeouts, good for 5th in the AL...His overall opponents’ average of .223 ranked fourth in the AL...Kept right-handed hitters to .193 (71-for-368), ninth in the AL...His five defensive runs saved were tied for the third-most among all pitchers (Dallas Keuchel - 12, Max Fried - 6)...His three pickoffs were tied for tops in the AL and tied for eighth most in MLB...Went 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA in his 12 starts for the Blue Jays...Made his season debut and earned the win on April 3 at MIL with 6.0 hitless innings...Struck out 12 batters without issuing a walk...The 12 strikeouts matched Camilo Pascual (April 14, 1961) for most K’s by a Twins starting pitcher in his season debut...Fanned Seth Brown for his 700th career strikeout in the 5th inning May 15 vs. OAK...Became the 15th Twin to reach 700 strikeouts and the 28th Twin to reach 700.0 innings pitched...Picked up the win on June 12 vs. HOU with 7.0 innings and two runs allowed...Was his 32nd career victory at Target Field, tied with former Twin Kyle Gibson for most in the ballpark’s history...Took a no-decision on July 11 vs. DET, working 7.0 innings and allowing four runs on three hits (4BB, 8K) in a game the Twins ultimately won in extra innings, 12-9...Worked at least 7.0 innings in back-to-back starts for the first time since Sept. 10-16, 2019...Shouldered his fourth loss of the season July 19 at CWS in the second game of a doubleheader, despite recording his 4th career complete game in a 5-3 Twins loss...Tossed 6.0 innings, allowing five runs on four hits (3 HR) with a walk and eight strikeouts...Gave him three straight starts of at least eight punchouts in the same season for the 3rd time in his career (last: Sept. 14-28, 2018)...Made his last start for the Twins on July 24 vs. LAA, throwing 7.0 innings with two unearned runs on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks...Was his 2nd ER-free start of 2021 (April 3 at MIL)...Acquired by Toronto from Minnesota on July 30 in exchange for Austin Martin and Simeon Woods Richardson...Won his Blue Jays debut Aug. 1 vs. KC, throwing 6.0 scoreless innings with five hits, a walk, three hit batters and seven strikeouts...Became the 13th player all-time to throw 6.0+ scoreless innings in his Blue Jays debut...Took a no-decision in Game 2 of a doubleheader Aug. 7 vs. BOS...Threw 6.0 innings of one-run ball with five hits, no walks and six strikeouts...Over his last three starts, held a 0.47 ERA (1 ER/19.0 IP) with 13H, 1BB, and 17K...Picked up his 2nd win as a Blue Jay on Aug. 29 at DET, giving up an unearned run and six hits over 7.0 frames with no walks and 11 strikeouts...Became the third player in franchise history to go 7.0+ IP with 0ER, 0BB, and 11+ K’s in a start, joining Rogers Clemens (2x) and Chris Carpenter...Took the loss Sept. 14 vs. TB, despite tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball with four hits, no walks, and four strikeouts...Bested his former mates Sept. 19 in his first meeting with the Twins since being traded to the Blue Jays on July 30... Gave up three runs on four hits over 6.2 innings with a walk and six strikeouts...Named 2021 Pitcher of the Year for the Twins, going 7-5 in 20 starts with a 3.48 ERA...Accepted the award at a ceremony while in Minneapolis...Took the no-decision on Sept. 29 vs. NYY, giving up three runs on four hits over 6.0 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts...Marked his seventh straight quality start, and his 9th in 12 outings with Toronto.
Was the Twins' Opening Day starter for second time in career, both consecutively...allowed five runs on seven hits on 4.0 innings pitched July 24 at Chicago-AL but did not factor into the decision in a Twins 10-5 victory...Earned first win of season in third start on August 4 vs. Pittsburgh, allowing one run on four hits in 6.0 innings pitched with three walks and six strikeouts...Went 1-3, 5.92 ERA (24.1 IP, 16 ER) with 13 walks, 24 strikeouts and a .284 opponent batting average in first five starts July 24-Aug. 15...in final seven starts, corrected course by going 4-1, 2.79 ERA (38.2 IP, 12 ER) with .207 opponents' batting average...had at least six strikeouts in eight of 12 starts...Set season-high with nine strikeouts Aug. 20 vs. Milwaukee (6.0 IP)…Made the start Sept. 20 at Chicago-NL, pitching 6.0 shutout innings and earning the win...faced his brother-in-law Javier Báez twice, getting him to pop out foul to first base and ground into a fielder's choice to third base...Ceded four runs in 5.0 innings on Sept. 25 vs. Cincinnati and charged loss in last regular-season start...Went 3-3, 3.38 ERA (32 IP, 12 ER) in six home starts, compared to 2-1, 4.56 ERA (31.0 IP, 16 ER) on the road. Was 4-1, 2.57 ERA (28.0 IP, 8 ER) in Interleague Play...four wins tied with four other pitchers for the most in the majors, the most by a Twin since Phil Hughes had four in 2014...Held right-handed hitters to .287 (37-for-129) at the plate, and left-handers to .180 (20-for-111)…among pitchers that faced at least 100 left-handed hitters, his .180 opponent batting average ranked third in the American League and seventh in baseball...Held opponents to a .174 (8-for-46) batting average with runners in scoring position...ranked third in the American League and tied fourth in the majors in that regard (min. 45 opponent AB with RISP)…Led club in games started (12), pickoffs (2), and finished second in innings pitched (63.0), quality starts (4) and pitching WAR (1.1)…also tied for the most home wins (3) on the team...Started Game 2 in AL Wild Card on Sept. 30 vs. Houston at Target Field, allowing one run on two hits in 5.0 innings pitched with two walks and four strikeouts as the Twins lost 3-1.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second time in career and was the Opening Day starter March 28 vs. Cleveland, pitching 7.2 scoreless innings with two hits allowed, one walk and 10 strikeouts...set a club record for strikeouts by an Opening Day starter, surpassing the previous high of eight done by Brad Radke (1996), Bert Blyleven (1975) and Dean Chance (1968); marked seventh time in his career with double-digit strikeout totals...teammate Jake Odorizzi struck out 11 the next game March 30 vs. Cleveland, becoming the second pair of pitchers in baseball history (since 1893 when the mound was placed at its current distance to home plate) to start a team's season with consecutive double-digit strikeout totals; the only others to do it were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling for Arizona in 2001...Recorded double-digit strikeout totals three times: Aforementioned Opening Day, 10 on June 17 vs. Boston, and a season-high 11 July 31 at Miami...Won five straight starts April 14-May 7, setting a career-high for a win-streak...posted a 2.76 ERA (32.2 IP, 10 ER) in that stretch...Set a career-high with 12 hits allowed May 13 vs. Los Angeles-AL (5.2 IP); previous high was nine (5x)...Named to the American League All-Star team for the second straight season, taking the roster spot of teammate Jake Odorizzi (IL)...pitched a scoreless third inning, allowing one hit with two strikeouts...faced his brother-in-law Javy Báez for the second straight All-Star Game, inducing a fly out...Went 8-5, 3.00 ERA (117.0 IP, 39 ER) with 23 walks, 104 strikeouts, a .238 opponent batting average and 14 quality starts in 18 starts pre-All-Star break...tied for third in the AL in innings pitched, fourth in ERA, and tied for 11th in wins...Pitched a season-high 8.0 innings June 17 vs. Boston, throwing 109 pitches in a Twins 2-0 defeat...Recorded 500th career strikeout July 14 at Cleveland, fanning Jake Bauers...Went 1-2, 7.57 ERA (27.1 IP, 23 ER) in five August starts after beginning the season 10-5, 2.80 ERA (141.2 IP, 44 ER) in first four-plus months (22 starts)...Appeared in 100th career game September 4 at Boston...set club record for most strikeouts (559) through first 100 career games, surpassing Bert Blyleven, who struck out 553 though 100...Made 100th career start September 10 vs. Washington...Finished the season 3-0, 3.08 ERA (26.1 IP, 9 ER) in final four starts September 10-27...Held left-handed batters to a .247 average (96-for-388) and right-handers to a .254 average (98-for-386)...Had similar season splits at home and on the road -- at Target Field: 7-4, 3.51 ERA (97.1 IP, 38 ER) in 15 starts; on road: 7-4, 3.84 ERA (103.0 IP, 44 ER) in 17 starts...Led the team in innings pitched (200.1), strikeouts (195) and quality starts (21)...21 quality starts marked a career high, while 23 out of his 32 starts went at least 6.0 innings (including 10 7.0+ inning efforts)...the 21 quality starts ranked 10th in baseball, fourth in the AL...Ranked sixth in the majors with a 36.4% opponents' swing percentage on pitches outside of the strike zone, fourth in the AL in first-pitch strikes (65.2%), eighth in the AL with a 3.68 ERA and innings pitched (200.1)...Is one of 10 Twins to post multiple 30-start seasons before turning 26 years old...threw a career-high 200.1 innings pitched, becoming the 19th Twin younger than 26 to reach the 200.0 IP threshold, first since Johan Santana and Carlos Silva (both 25) in 2004...Made first career Postseason start (2nd appearance) in Game 1 of the ALDS at New York-AL on October 4, allowing three runs (1 earned) on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 4.0 innings (ND); Twins lost 10-4 and were eventually swept in three games...became eighth different pitcher (11th instance) in club history for a pitcher to strike out six-plus, first since Francisco Liriano (7 vs. NYY October 6, 2010).
Made first career Opening Day roster and was club's number two starter...Made season debut April 1 at Baltimore, pitching his first career complete game shutout, allowing three hits with one walk and six strikeouts...Pitched second career complete game June 7 vs. Chicago-AL, allowing two runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts...Made the start in Game 2 of the Puerto Rico series on April 18 vs. Cleveland, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings with three hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts...Twins won 2-1 in 16 innings...Went 9-7, 3.68 ERA (127.1 IP, 52 ER) in 20 starts Pre-All-Star Break and was selected to his first All-Star Game...entered the game in the fifth for the AL, pitching 1.0 scoreless inning with one walk...Recorded double-digit strikeouts four times on season: 11 on April 12 vs. Chicago-AL, 10 on May 15 vs. St. Louis, 10 on June 7 vs. Chicago-AL and career-high of 12 on June 24 vs. Texas...Reached 200 strikeouts for the season, 21st time in club history for a pitcher to do so, eighth different Twin, and the first Twin to reach 200 strikeouts since Francisco Liriano in 2010 (201)...first right-handed Twin to do so since Bert Blyleven in 1986 (215)...finished with 202 strikeouts, the most for a Twin since Johan Santana had 235 in 2007...Held left-handed hitters to a .213 average, compared to .231 vs. right-handed hitters. Went 9-4, 3.03 ERA (107.0 IP, 36 ER) in 17 home starts and 3-7, 4.85 ERA (85.1 IP, 46 ER) in 15 road starts...Went 8-4, 3.25 ERA (110.2 IP, 40 ER) in 18 night starts and 4-7, 4.63 ERA (81.2 IP, 42 ER) in 14 day starts...Finished with 32 starts; along with Kyle Gibson (32) and Jake Odorizzi (32), they became the first trio of Twins with 30-plus starts in the same season since 2007 (Johan Santana - 33, Carlos Silva - 33, and Boof Bonser - 30)...Led Twins in wins (12), complete games (2) and strikeouts (202), tied for first in starts (32) and second in innings pitched (192.1)...Finished tied for first in the AL in complete games, tied for sixth in starts, eighth in innings pitched, 11th in strikeouts, 13th in opponentbatting average (.222), and tied for 15th in wins...Given Joseph W. Haynes Award for Twins Pitcher of the Year, voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA...also awarded with the Carl R. Pohlad Community Service Award.
Pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, going 1-0, 8.10 ERA (6.2 IP, 6 ER) with two walks and 10 strikeouts in two games (1 start)...Was in Twins spring training for third time in career; optioned to Triple-A Rochester March 25...Went 3-0, 1.13 ERA (39.2 IP, 5 ER) with eight walks and 39 strikeouts in six starts for the Red Wings and was recalled by Minnesota May 12...Pitched into the eighth inning in each of first two starts with the Twins, 7.2 innings May 13 at Cleveland and 7.2 innings May 18 vs. Colorado...according to Elias, became the third Twins pitcher in last 30 years to pitch into the eighth and win each of first two starts (Brad Radke in 2001 and Andrew Albers in 2013)... Set major league career high with 11 strikeouts May 18 vs. Colorado (Game 2), pitching 7.2 scoreless innings...tied with 11 strikeouts again August 30 vs. Chicago-AL (7.0 IP)...Pitched back-to-back 8.0-inning outings on June 15 vs. Seattle and June 21 vs. Chicago-AL...Won six of first seven decisions May 13-June 21; according to Elias, became the second Twins pitcher since 1980 to win at least six of his first seven appearances in one season (Brad Radke in 2001)...became the first pitcher in franchise history (1901-present) to win six games that early in the calendar year after not pitching in the majors in April...Held opponents to a .192 batting average with 37 strikeouts in six August starts, fourth-lowest BAA in the AL...Made first career relief appearance September 29 vs. Detroit, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings, in preparation for potential relief appearance in AL Wild card game...Went 9-1, 2.41 ERA (67.1 IP, 18 ER) in 11 home games (10 starts) and 5-7, 5.17 ERA (78.1 IP, 45 ER) in 15 road starts...Held right-handed hitters to a .222 batting average and left-handers to a .260 average... Ranked second on Twins staff in wins (14) and strikeouts (139), and third in starts (25) and innings pitched (145.2)...Pitched in relief in AL Wild Card game October 3 at New York-AL, allowing three runs on five hits in 3.0 innings pitched and was dealt the loss.
Was Twins spring training invite for second time in career...reassigned to minor league camp March 18 and began season with Triple-A Rochester...Went 2-0, 1.06 ERA (17.0 IP, 2 ER) in three starts and had contract purchased by Minnesota April 26 after Kyle Gibson and Ervin Santana were both placed on 15-day disabled list...Made major league debut in a start April 27 vs. Cleveland, allowing five runs on six hits in 4.0 innings pitched and was dealt the loss...at 21 years, 336 days, he became the youngest Twins pitcher to debut as a starter since Pat Mahomes (21 years, 247 days) April 12, 1992 against Texas...Earned first major league win May 2 at Houston, allowing two runs on three hits in 5.1 innings pitched, with five walks and eight strikeouts...Optioned to Rochester May 17 after making four starts for the Twins, posting a 10.20 ERA...Set season-high at Rochester with 11 strikeouts June 6 vs. Buffalo (8.0 IP)...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week June 26, making one start at Columbus pitching 8.0 shutout innings with three hits allowed, two walks and nine strikeouts...Named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Month in June, going 4-1, 2.02 ERA (35.2 IP, 8 ER) with 10 walks and 38 strikeouts in five starts for Rochester...Pitched fourth career complete game while at Rochester, July 3 at Syracuse...named International League Pitcher of the Week...Named to International League All-Star team and pitched 1.0 scoreless inning with one hit and one strikeout July 13 in Charlotte...Recalled by Minnesota August 1 and made five starts before being optioned again August 25...Made one start for the Red Wings, coming August 31 vs. Syracuse, pitching 8.0 innings and setting a career-high with 14 strikeouts...Recalled for final time September 5...Combined to go 13-12, 4.40 ERA (169.2 IP, 83 ER) with 71 walks and 174 strikeouts in 31 starts between Rochester and Minnesota.