New York Yankees’ top prospect Luis Severino has been reportedly promoted to the AAA affiliate team. Josh Norris reported the news via Twitter:
The advancement for Severino to reach AAA is a step closer to the potential MLB career he could once begin.
Severino is the Yankees’ #1 prospect, while being the #22 prospect in Major League Baseball (MLB). More eyes were gained on the prospect during the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game, as he struck out Rangers’ top prospect Joey Gallo.
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In Severino’s most recent game, with the Yankees’ AA affiliate team, he struck out nine in five innings pitched. Holding a 3.32 earned run average (ERA) in eight games, as a result it aided the young pitcher to the promotion.
On MLB.com’s Prospect Watch, the 21-year-old pitcher’s estimated time of arrival in the big leagues is expected to come in 2016. Although the date is distant, there have been ideas floating around claiming that Severino could impact the Yankees in September, being a September call-up.
The Yankees pitching rotation has been a pleasant surprise thus far, but with the constant injuries and uncertainties, the saying, “the more pitchers, the better,” falls into place. For example, Ivan Nova is making his way back from the infamous Tommy John surgery, Chase Whitley was lost to Tommy John surgery, and Masahiro Tanaka has been on the disabled list – in which Core Four Andy Pettitte stated he was impressed with Tanaka’s bullpen session – are all reasons why the uncertainty for the Yankees remains ambiguous.
Although if Severino were to be called up in September, chances are he will be placed into the bullpen, rather than the starting rotation.
The effort of making his way from the bullpen into a starting pitcher is a journey in itself, but with the mentoring and aid from numerous pitching coaches, the Yankees and their fans should be excited.
Severino will need polishing in the minor leagues still, but with his consistent fastball and change up, as well as his slider, it will aid him to progressing continuously.