First, Luis Severino was promoted from Low-A Charleston. A week later, he has won his first award at High-A ball for the Tampa Yankees. After an impressive showing in his second start for Tampa, the Tampa Yankees official site reports that Severino took home the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week Award.
Severino was practically unhittable the first half of the season with Charleston, posting a 3-2 record, with a 2.79 ERA, and 70 strikeouts to just 15 walks over 67.1 Low-A ball innings. This past Wednesday, he was untouchable. He hurled six no-hit innings, walking only one batter, and striking out six. The victory on Wednesday evens Severino’s record at 1-1 for the Tampa Yankees. He was roughed up for four runs in his T-Yanks debut, however, he showed his impeccable control striking out 8 and walking just one.
At a mere 20 years of age, Severino has an uncanny knack for control, as exemplified by his 0.66 WHIP since being promoted. He simply doesn’t walk batters and overpowers them with his electric fastball and control. The New York Yankees are not the only ones noticing, as he will be appearing in the Futures Game in Minnesota prior to the MLB All-Star Game. Severino has cemented himself as a top ten Yankees’ prospect and the number one righty in the system. Don’t expect Tampa to be the young fireballers last stop in 2014.