Severino (1-1) pitched eight innings against the White Sox on Tuesday, striking out 10 while giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits.
He's shown great control to open the year, as this walk-free performance leaves Severino with a spectacular 27:2 K:BB over 20 innings in his first three starts. That's a huge improvement in walk rate (not to mention a major leap in strikeouts), and if he can maintain it, Severino will end up being one of the bargains of the year on the mound. The one area of concern is the long ball -- he's given up four now, including a pair Tuesday.
Severino (1-0) got the win Thursday, allowing two runs over seven innings with 11 strikeouts against the Rays.
Severino was in total control all game and actually got better the third time through the Tampa lineup, as he sent down five of his final six outs via the punchout. The 23-year-old now has a sparkling 17:2 K:BB through 12 innings and has shown some of the potential that made the Yankees call him up back in 2015 as a 21 year old. Inconsistency has plagued the righty though in his brief career, so he'll try to keep it going without taking a step back next time out Tuesday against the White Sox.
Severino took a no decision Friday, as he tossed five innings while allowing four runs and striking out six in a loss to the Orioles.
Severino was done in by a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth, but even still he left the game in line for the win with the Yankees leading 5-4. With the bullpen unable to maintain the lead, the 23-year-old righty remains without a win as a starter since September of 2015 (0-8 in 13 starts in that span). He'll look to end that skid when he takes the mound next time out Wednesday against the Rays.
The 23-year-old looks to rebound after absorbing a 5.83 ERA in 71 innings last year (22 appearances, 11 starts) that involved a demotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and a bullpen stint, where he might've figured things out (0.39 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 in 23.1 frames). Severino's 3.95 ERA this spring was just shaky enough to have the decision come down to the wire, but the right-hander showed good command (16 strikeouts, five walks), which worked in his favor. His dazzling 2015 debut (2.89 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 in 11 starts) keeps open the possibility of a true breakout over a full season. Upside chasers in fantasy leagues can give him another try but should handle using him cautiously out of the gate if possible.
Prospect Jordan Montgomery (3.48 ERA this spring) was recently added to the competition for the final two spots in the rotation, along with Severino, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa and Adam Warren. Green (1.50 ERA) has been the most impressive this spring, and figures to be the favorite to open the year as the No. 4 starter. Severino is seen as the most talented of the bunch, but his 5.06 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 10.2 innings have him looking like a pitcher who isn't ready to turn over a big league lineup. He still has two minor league options, so the most likely scenario seems to be an assignment to Triple-A to start the season.
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