Yankees Top Pitching Prospect Severino Promoted to Trenton
(Altoona, PA) – As the Trenton Thunder began the All-Star break on Tuesday, former team beat writer and current Baseball America Social Media Editor, Josh Norris, reported on Twitter that the Yankees have promoted the organizations top-pitching prospect to Trenton and is slated to make his Double-A debut on Saturday in Binghamton.
The 20-year old right hander is coming off of a MLB Futures Game appearance this past Sunday at Target Field where he impressed scouts with an inning of work for the World team which was highlighted by a strikeout of MiLB home run leader, Joey Gallo.. The Dominican native is in the midst of a dominant season that has already seen him master two levels of the minor leagues in just his third professional season. Severino began his 2014 campaign in Low-A Charleston where he went 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 67 innings over 14 starts.
The Yankees opted to promote Severino to High-A Tampa of the Florida State League on June 20 and he has gone 1-1 with a 1.79 ERA in just four starts before punching his ticket to Double-A. The move is certainly one that is aggressive but with the Yankees pitching depth in a dire state, it is not surprising. The thing that makes Severino so impressive is the fact that he can throw three pitches effectively at this stage of his development and does not have to rely solely on his electric fastball for success. Hitters were hitting just .151 against Severino in Tampa and swinging at a mere 222 for the season.
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