New York Yankees starting pitcher/former ace Luis Severino is difficult to bank on for 2022, with a wide range of possibilities lurking in his projections after he dominated out of the bullpen at the tail end of September.
That was, of course, the only thing we saw from him in 2021, as his rehab was packed with stops and starts, both of the freakish nature (his groin injury in Brooklyn) and of the completely anticipated variety (his shoulder just … not feelin’ right in Scranton).
Was Sevy an awesome flamethrower in 2021 down the stretch? For sure! We’ll never forget his comeback in the rain against the Rangers or when he held things down during the Stanton Grand Slam Game at Fenway.
But can we count on him being an effective pitcher, let alone an excellent one, for even … 100 innings this season? It’s difficult to envision. That’s why Severino is out here mid-lockout getting on the mound and chucking fastballs to show off where he stands.
At this point, we’ll take any video of a 40-man rostered player in action, considering they’ve been few and far between ever since Luke Voit posted his weird workout with Rafael Devers.
But add to the mix that Sevy looks good, and you’ve got yourself an attention-grabber.
Yankees RHP Luis Severino looks flameworthy in an offseason workout
Sevy’s caption? “Getting some spring training innings 💪🏻 😁😁😁🔥🔥Thanks @benj.kittay for catching.”
Special shoutout from us to this mysterious catcher named Benjamin Kittay. Imagine just being … a guy, and Luis Severino calls (angry from the lockout) and tells you to meet him at the diamond, no holds barred? I would simply not show up or wear more protective gear than I ever have in my life. It’s the unsung heroes.
Oh, and by the way, he tweeted, too. Getting … hopes … up …
Predicting Severino’s 2022 output is still a fool’s errand; the 28-year-old hasn’t thrown more than 12 MLB innings in a season since 2018.
Seeing him hard at work is encouraging, though, as long as he saves as many innings as possible for when the curtain rises.