The New York Yankees Double-A affiliate. the Trenton Thunder announced today that the team’s prospect, right handed starting pitcher Luis Severino, was scratched from his scheduled start today due to injury. According to reports the injury is a slight soreness in his left oblique and missing his start is considered a precautionary measure.
RHP Luis Severino (AA Trenton) scratched. NYY VP Mark Newman said “very slight” soreness in left oblique, NOT ARM. “Playing it safe.”
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 3, 2014
The 20-year old has emerged over the past two season to claim the top spot on the Yankees farm system rankings. After boasting stellar numbers in Single-A earlier this season he was promoted to Double-A Trenton where he continued to impress as he posted a 2-0 record with a 1.84 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 3 starts.
Considered by most scouts to the best pitching prospect in the Yankees system in a decade, the young gun out of the Dominican Republic made his professional debut just last year and has rose out of obscurity and forced not just the Yankees, but all of baseball to take notice.
The Yankees refused to trade the talented youngster, who has drawn comparisons to the great Pedro Martinez due to his short and slender frame and how well his breaking pitches compliment his mid to high 90′s fastball, as his name was linked to possible deals for Phillies ace Cole Hamels at the Trade Deadline.
He’s one of the only farm hands in the Yankees system that is untouchable. But, an injury would put a big dent in his skyrocket through the system and the Yankees are hoping this injury doesn’t lead to something bigger as he is viewed as a big piece to the organization’s future.