It almost came crashing down in a single moment. The New York Yankees best pitching prospect in the starting rotation, Luis Severino, nearly got smacked with a comebacking baseball to the face. He avoided it and all the positives around the day itself remained intact.
“It was scary,”
“I saw it all the way and it was coming to my face, I stuck up my glove.”
Severino, 22, from Sabana de la Mar, in the Dominican Republic, joined the Yankees late in 2016 but made a good impression while living up to some of the scouting hype that preceded him finishing with a record of 5-3 and a 2.89 E.R.A with 56 strikeouts. A Yankee fan growing up, he particularly liked Robinson Cano. Luis may just duplicate Cano as a late call-up hopeful that exceeded expectations as Cano was in 2005, where he helped jumpstart a Yankee run to the playoffs.
Now, Severino is the Yankees hope to become a top line starter with youth and spring training has borne that out so far. Severino had a tough first outing but since then the Severino engine has purred along quite nicely, thank you. He had given up two hits but struckout five in the aforementioned game.
“I feel like I belong in the big leagues,”
“I can get outs and win.”
This near miss may also signify a change of fortunes for the Bronx Bombers, who have seen a rash of freak injuries assault their young talent. Now, if Severino holds to form, he can provide a one-two punch at the top of the order along with ace Masahiro Tanaka.