Luis Severino has seemingly come out of nowhere to shoot up the ranks of the Yankees’ minor league system. But halfway through the 2014 season, it’s quite evident that the Yankees have something special right now in Severino. Standing 6’0″, tall and weighing in at 195 pounds, Severino can get the fastball up to 97 mph, and has a very impressive change up that he seems to be able to pull the string on consistently.
What’s even scarier is Severino’s developing slider, at times it’s unhittable. He does have a tendency to pull off into a side armed delivery which takes away from the depth of the pitch, but when he does line his body up correctly, it’s one of the best sliders of any pitching prospect.
What the Yankees have on their hands is a pitcher who can hit 97, and also has the potential to have two really good off-speed pitches. Severino is 4-3 with a 2.45 ERA this year. On July 7th he was named a Baseball America top 50 prospect coming in at #34.
With injuries all around the Yankees rotation, don’t be surprised if Severino gets a call up especially if Masahiro Tanaka’s injury is serious!