After an impressive outing at the Major League Baseball Futures game, New York Yankees prospect Luis Severino continues his rapid ascent through the team's minor-league system after his recent promotion to Double-A Trenton.
Severino started off the season in Class A ball and looked great. He pitched to a 3-2 record and a 2.79 ERA. That was enough to give Severino his first promotion, which was to Tampa, and Severino was even better there with a 1-1 mark and a 1.31 ERA.
Now, the Yanks are moving one of their prized prospects up once again as Severino prepares to make his first start in Double-A on Saturday, according to Josh Norris of Baseball America:
— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) July 15, 2014
The move comes after Severino shined in the MLB futures game. Not only did he throw a scoreless frame after allowing a single hit, he also stuck out the game's Most Valuable Player, Joey Gallo, with a nasty backdoor slider.
It isn't clear if that performance had anything to do with Severino's promotion, but it is a bit odd that the 20-year-old was moved up so quickly after just four starts in high Class-A.
Regardless, this is great news for the Yanks big-league club. It means Severino is that much closer to being a major leaguer, although don't expect that to happen this season. At best, Severino will finish the year at Triple-A, however that may be shooting a bit too high.
Realistically Severino will finish out the year in Double-A with the potential to start 2015 in Triple-A if all goes well in 2014. If that's the case, Severino could be a significant player come spring training next year with an outside chance to leave Florida as a member of the Yankees opening day roster.
Again, that's quite the rosy scenario and Severino certainly won't be rushed into it. All New York can hope is that this kid continues to progress at his current pace or something close to it and make it to the majors in one piece.
Not to mention, with general manager Brian Cashman tirelessly trying to make a deal to improve his club, Severino's name will come up often and the Yanks' GM will have to fight the urge to deal the brightest star in the team's farm system.
Many have compared Severino to Pedro Martinez, who was one of the great pitchers of his generation and a Hall of Fame caliber player. Nobody would love that to come to fruition more than the Yanks and it may happen sooner than some thought.
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