Severino Coming Soon

The Yankees signed right-hander Luis Severino out of the Dominican Republic in 2010 for a reported $225,000. He was pretty dominant in his debut season in the Dominican Summer League this year and really turned some heads with his plus stuff during Instructional League. The scary part, however, is he believes he still has a lot of room to get better as he makes his way States-side.

"I had a good year this season in the Dominican," Severino said through the help of a translator. "I could have had better command of my slider, that's one of the things that I can get better at.

"That's what I'm working on this offseason, getting my slider better. I'd be able to have a better ERA and my other pitches would work better too if I can get that going consistently."

Going 4-2 with a 1.68 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .205 average in his debut season for DSL Yankees1 this past year was pretty terrific, but it doesn't really reflect just how good his stuff truly is.

Sitting mostly in the 94 mph range as an 18-year old and topping out at 97 mph already, Severino has a tremendously quick arm and powerful fastball. He also has a decent changeup and while his slider command could use improvement, it does have plus potential as it already sits in the 82-86 mph range.

The stuff is clearly there and has room to get better, but as all most first-year pitchers learn, better command of his pitches will go a long way. It was a lesson he learned at Instructs in Tampa when he did admittedly get hit a bit harder than he's accustomed to.

"They're veteran hitters here in the United States and they hit me a little bit, I can see that," he admitted. "I need to get better command of all of my pitches but especially my slider. If I can get that going, I feel pretty confident that I can handle them better."

Resembling a young Jose Ramirez in a lot of ways, especially with the quick arm action and great fastball, now that he's had some success under his belt and gotten a taste of what it would be like in the United States, Severino believes he'll be ready to tackle the next level with a couple of more tweaks.

"I want to continue to develop all of my pitches, get better command of them, and that way I can pitch here. If I can do that I feel good about my chances playing in the United States next season and having success, definitely," he concluded.

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