What kind of work ethic does it take to be a Major League Baseball pitcher? We’ll let Jose Berrios’ training speak for itself:
Those who have observed Berrios say that he carries himself as if he knows he’s good — but he backs it up with the work he does behind the scenes. It’s that intersection of talent and sweat that has his career ascending. His hits per nine innings have decreased in each of his first three seasons in the majors, currently down to 7.1. He averages a strikeout an inning, ahead of last year’s 8.6 mark per nine innings. He’s seventh with a WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) at 1.01. Berrios, Seattle’s James Paxton and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco are the only AL pitchers with two complete games.
“He actually knows he’s elite rather than thinking and hoping to be, and that is impressive for a young player at that age,” second baseman Brian Dozier said. “You know you can be dominant, You know you can be a front-line guy. It changes the whole game, the mental side of it.”
Berrios nodded when comments such as Dozier’s were relayed to him.
“It’s my job,” he said. “I take pride in coming in here every day, work hard for my team and for myself and then I just go out there and execute.”
Berrios has used social media to release clips of his winter workouts — including one in which he pushed a small pickup truck across a field — so it’s already known that he has no offseason.
Check out the video of him pushing a pickup truck below – and read the full article about Berrios here.
— Jose O. Berrios (@JOLaMaKina) January 12, 2018