Although the New York Yankees remained relatively quiet around the trade deadline, they did make some changes. With injuries to both Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova, the Yankees have called up top prospect, Luis Severino.
Severino is a 21-year-old RHP from the Dominican Republic, and he’s been dominating with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders. Severino has posted a perfect 7-0 record with a 1.91 ERA, and 50 strikeouts in 11 games. Severino has a great fastball, that sits around 94 mph, but can touch 96, he has a changeup, and a slider. The fastball/changeup combination he has is great, and his slider has gotten better since his first game in AAA.
The Yankees could definitely use a fresh arm in their starting rotation. Overall, the rotation has been below average from top to bottom. CC Sabathia has been either very bad, or pretty good, but Girardi still has trouble figuring out how long to keep him in. Supposed ace, Masahiro Tanaka has been alright, but not much better than alright. The baseball world waits with baited breath wondering how long his elbow will hold up.
Whether or not the Yankees plan to limit Severino’s innings remains to be seen. Reports say that they don’t want him pitching more than 40 innings this year, for precautionary reasons. If the Yankees want to make a pennant run, though, they might have to use him like they used Joba Chamberlain, coming out of the bullpen and starting. The Yankees are first in the AL East, and have the hottest offense in baseball right now. If Severino is able to transition smoothly, it could provide a major boost to the Yankees’ chances in the playoffs.
Severino will get the start Wednesday evening, a game that will be telecast on ESPN. Fans looking to catch the MLB on ESPN can review the available packages for the DISH Network, including ESPN, ESPN 2, and Fox Sports 1, all major carriers of MLB.