Yankees top prospect, Luis Severino, continues to impress. Friday night, Severino fanned six over seven scoreless innings, in a loss to the Buffalo Bisons. Severino received a no-decision, but lowered his ERA to 1.73. Branden Pinder gave up two runs in the eighth inning, and the RailRiders couldn’t manufacture any offense.
In the eighth, Matt Hague drove in Ramon Santiago with the game’s first run on a single to Ramon Flores in left field. Luke Scott would then plate Caleb Gindl, on a double to right, bringing the score to 2-0. Buffalo would go on to win the game 2-0.
Severino looked great. He was really going at hitters all game long. He threw a number of first-pitch strikes and didn’t lose command on his other pitches. That fastball is special, it seems as though with each start he’s learning more and more how to throw it at a major league level. He’s also learning how to mix in his off-speed pitches, making it easier to blow a great fastball by batters in Single-A and Double-A. His change-up looked very good as well, and he wasn’t telegraphing his slider like in previous starts.
On the other hand, Aaron Judge needs work. Judge went 0-4 with one strikeout in Friday’s contest. He lacks discipline at the plate, and he also lacks conviction in some of his swings, which explains why he’s batting .118 since being called up to Triple-A. He has two hits in 17 ABs, one of those two hits was a home run. Granted, he’s only been in Triple-A for a few games, but he needs to learn to fight a little bit more at the plate. He has too much power and potential to be slashing what he’s slashing.
Jeff Francis of Buffalo also pitched seven scoreless innings, and got the win bringing him to 3-0 on the year while lowering his ERA to 1.73. Francis has a career MLB ERA of 4.97, but has been dealing at the Triple-A level this year. Francis has a pretty good repertoire; a fastball in the high 80’s, slider in the high 70’s and curveball in the high 60s. . He fanned five over seven frames, which made for a very good pitcher’s duel.
At this point, with how flat the Yankees rotation has been, Severino could be called up sooner than expected. Not necessarily soon, but he’s been dominant in four of the five starts he’s had in Triple-A. The Yankees need a solid arm in the rotation, with a team ERA of 4.11, and a number of unpredictable pitchers, it could be time for a change.