Severino Ready

SCRANTON, PA - Luis Severino, 21, began the season in Double-A Trenton where he posted a 2-2 record with 3.32 ERA in eight appearances. Since being called up to Triple-A Scranton in mid-May Severino dominated, going 7-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA. The Yankees have seen enough as Severino’s next start will be in the Bronx on Wednesday.

Luis Severino has earned himself a promotion to the New York Yankees after throwing six scoreless innings with ten strikeouts in his last start in Triple-A. These numbers have become routine for Severino as he continues to progress and become a more complete pitcher.

Although teams have expressed interest in trading for Severino, Yankees GM Brian Cashman has made it known that he sees Severino as a long-term option for the Yankees rotation as opposed to just being Michael Pineda’s replacement.

Some rumors speculated in the beginning of the season about the Yankees putting an innings limit on Severino because of his age and big arm. This looked to be true as Severino would dominate for four innings in Triple-A before being taken out of the game.

Cashman has recently said that when Severino makes his Yankees debut he will not have an innings limit because of the preparation that was put in, in the offseason.

The hard throwing right hander is not short on confidence as he feels ready to make his first start in the bigs.

“I am ready. I feel ready to go.” Severino said about the promotion through the help of a translator. "I’m ready now, in one month, tomorrow, it doesn’t matter. I’ll go right now if they call.”

It’s no secret why Severino is one of the most highly sought after prospects in baseball. The 21-year old from the Dominican Republic has dominated throughout the minor leagues, earning himself a promotion to Triple-A in late May where he has gone 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 61.1 innings work.

Severino came into the Yankees organization as an international free agent when he was 17 years old and has made his presence felt ever since. He continues to overpower batters with his fastball that sits in the upper 90’s but when his changeup is working, Severino is virtually untouchable.

“My changeup has been very good against both righties and lefties and it has been getting better every time I pitch,” Severino said.

On top of Severino’s next level fastball and solid changeup, he also throws a slider that sits in the mid 80’s. However, at this point it is still inconsistent when he throws it.

Severino has had some location issues early on in his career but he has looked sharp in Triple-A, walking only 17 batters while striking out 50 batters in 61.1 innings of work.

“Working on my location has been big for me,” Severino continued. "Not only here with Scotty [Aldred] but in Double-A, we were focusing on location and hitting my spots.”

As Severino prepares to make his major league debut on Wednesday, he knows he is prepared and ready but also understands the difficulty as you continue to progress.

“Hitters up here are more disciplined in Triple-A,” Severio added. "They swing less and less at bad pitches and that’s how it is going to be in the majors.”


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