Luis Severino, the young talented Dominican pitcher for the New York Yankees, is considered their top prospect by numerous scouts. A longtime Yankees fan because of fellow Domincan Robinson Cano, Severino made his way to Major League Baseball as an international free agent in 2012.
Severino began the 2015 season with Trenton Thunder. He recorded a 2–2 win-loss record with a 3.32 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched across eight games that he started.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Severino received a promotion to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League to work with RailRiders’ pitching coach Scott Aldred to improve his pitching delivery.
Severino pitched to a 7–0 win-loss record and a 1.91 ERA in 11 games started for the RailRiders through the end of July. With the Yankees are set to make a postseason run, they made Severino unavailable in trade discussions for pitchers David Price, Cole Hamels, and Johnny Cueto at the MLB trade deadline on July 31.
Because of re-occuring injuries to the Yankees starting pitching staff, Severino earned his first shot in the big leagues. There were plenty of positives in Severino’s debut. He threw 94 pitches in his five innings of work, with the vast majority being fastballs between 94 to 97 mph. He gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits, walked no one and struck out seven.
After four starts in the majors, Severino has held his own, going 1-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 23 innings pitched. He also struck out 24 and walked seven. If the Yankees offense had stayed alive in his first four starts, Severino could easily be staring at a 4-0 record.
Look for Luis Severino to be a go-to guy if the Yankees make a deep run into the playoffs.