Just a day after being involved in trade talks, New York Yankees prospect Luis Severino has been called up to the big leagues.
By Griffin Gallagher
Luis Severino, arguably the most dominant pitching prospect in the New York Yankees farm system, has been phenomenal in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after being promoted from Trenton earlier this season.
With a perfect record of 7-0 and an ERA of 1.91, it’s no wonder why Yankees fans have been so excited for this guy to pitch in the big leagues.
Severino will make his big league debut against the struggling Boston Red Sox in next week’s home series.
“The plan was always if everything went well and if we needed Severino to be in the big leagues in 2015, that we were going to manage his innings early on so that would be OK,” general manager Brian Cashman told Erik Boland of Newsday. “But only if we needed it. And only if he earned it. Well, he’s earned it, and we need it.”
The Yankees certainly do need it following the trade deadline that angered fans who were expecting to grab an ace in Cole Hamels or David Price to help the rotation during the absence of Michael Pineda.
“He challenges people. I really liked his approach. I mean, obviously you can see the stuff is there. It’s easy to get excited about that. But the approach is really good, too.”
It is easy to get excited about this 21-year-old hurler. What I’m surprised by is why most Yankees fans aren’t.
Severino has been one of the best pitchers in the minors this year. Baseball America ranks Severino as the no.2 Yankees youngster, MLB.com ranked him 23rd in their prospect ratings before the start of the 2015 season, and his dominance in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will only increase that.
How is a young pitcher who has the lowest ERA in the International league and a perfect 7-0 record a worse move than acquiring a 31 year old Cole Hamels who has a shaky record of 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA?
It simply isn’t.
“There are no guarantees but I saw the way he handled himself in spring training and his professionalism and I didn’t think he had fear,” manager Joe Girardi told NJ.com, “He wasn’t overwhelmed in spring training. Some of the pitchers, the first time they’re there it takes them a year. And then you see them pitch well. That wasn’t the case with him. He didn’t have any of that. That makes you think that he’ll be able to handle it.”
Girardi saw Severino throw just 29 pitches. It took just 29 pitches to convince the manager that Severino will be able to handle the MLB.
It’s relieving to know that the Yankees are focusing on developing young players than giving them away for mediocre veterans.
Severino last pitched on Wednesday against Lehigh Valley where he struck out ten batters. Tuesday is the probable date of his major league debut.
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