New York Yankees young hurler Luis Severino continued his dominance in Triple-A on Independence Day with seven strong innings.
By Christian Kouroupakis
Called up to provide a possible spark to a shaky New York Yankees rotation a year ago, Luis Severino did precisely that by bringing a healthy mix of youth and dominance to an average ballclub.
New York is likely left out of the playoffs for a third consecutive year if Sevy didn’t post a 5-3 record featuring a 2.89 ERA across 62.1 innings.
Thanks to that, many “experts” justifiably deemed him to be the most talented starter on the Yankees’ rotation while some were ready to call him the ace despite the fact that he only had a mere 62.1 innings on his Major League resume.
As you may have heard by now, the exact opposite occurred.
To start his hopeful sophomore season, Sevy yielded three runs on ten hits en route to a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers which is not rotten, but what happened across his next six starts had fans in a craze as they played signatory to one of the most hyped up pitching prospects falter before their very own eyes.
From April 15 to May 13, Severino’s record stood at a discouraging 0-5 with a planetary ERA of 7.80 while allowing the opposition to maintain a .928 OPS.
The young phenom who was once observed as a future ace had let the hype of leading the franchise into a new era get to him and following a stint on the disabled list after straining his right triceps, he was not granted a roster spot in the Bronx.
Instead, he was sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he is lighting it up in the Electric City.
In seven starts for the RailRiders following his demotion, Severino owns a 5-0 record with a 3.07 ERA while holding the opposition to a .222 batting average.
However, there are certain pitches that Sevy leaves up towards the middle of the plate which would be destroyed at the Major League level.
Manager Joe Girardi thinks that his arsenal – that was considered to be impeccable a year ago – needs some fine tuning before he winds up back in the Bronx.
One thing is for sure, though, Severino is displaying an increase in consistency and confidence but there needs to be more before he returns to a rotation that ranked 21 in ERA in the month of June.