With the Yankees not trading for anyone during the trade deadline, it leaves many to wonder, could the Yankees brand new acquisition actually be in the minor leagues? The answer is yes, and next week, he’ll be in pinstripes taking Michael Pineda‘s spot in the rotation.
Brian Cashman announced Luis Severino will make his next start in the Major Leagues, and although the Yankees haven’t decided what day he would pitch, it seems likely Severino could start the game against the Boston Red Sox on August 4th. Cashman said Severino would not have an innings limit, simply because they had ‘prepared for this moment’ and added Severino would have been in the Majors earlier–had Diego Moreno not pitch that brilliant 5.1 scoreless inning performance against the Texas Rangers.
Another minor league arm that could be on the way is Andrew Bailey, who was promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Cashman views Bailey as someone who could eventually be in the mix to help the Yankees bullpen.
Severino was recently named the top prospect in the entire Yankees system by Bronx Baseball Daily and was ranked as the 35th overall prospect in the game by Baseball America prior to the start of the season. He started this year in Double-A Trenton where he had a 3.32 ERA with a 11.4 K/9 and a 2.4 BB/9 in eight starts before he was eventually promoted to Triple-A Scranton. Since his promotion, he has a 1.91 ERA with a 7.3 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9.