WCCO Radio’s Dan Cook
It was a sunny, summer Sunday as some of the brightest prospects in baseball took to Target Field for the 2014 All-Star Futures Game.
It was especially fun for Twins fans as they got their first look at prospects Jose Berrios, Kennys Vargas and Alex Meyer playing in their future home ballpark.
Berrios was recently promoted from High-A Fort Meyers to AA-New Britain. So far, advancing a level hasn’t phased him.
“You know, higher competition, but same baseball,” Berrios said before the game. “I need to do my work and keep going.”
Berrios didn’t seem over-matched by the minor league All-Star lineup he was facing either. He started the game for the World Team and struck out the first batter he faced, Nationals AA-prospect Michael Taylor, on a 95 mph fastball, and got the next two hitters, Red Sox AA-prospect Sean Coyle and Dodgers High-A prospect Corey Saeger, to fly out to right.
After the game, he talked about how much he enjoyed the experience.
“I got a chance to play with a lot of good players in front of Minnesota fans,” Berrios said. “It’s awesome for me.”