Yesterday, we graded CC Sabathia‘s performance in the Yankees starting rotation. Today, we move onto Luis Severino, who was terrible in the Yankees rotation, but somehow found his niche in the Yankees bullpen.
In Spring Training last February, Luis Severino wasn’t one of the question marks to enter the season. However, once the season began, Severino severely struggled which led to the Yankees taking him out of the rotation and sending him to Triple-A. After Severino tried to re-hone his craft, the Yankees brought him back and placed him in the bullpen, where he thrived. Overall, Severino went 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA in 71 innings. His K/9 ratio was 8.4 and his BB/9 ratio was 3.3.
Now that we saw what Severino’s season was like as a whole, let’s break down his season by month.
April: Severino made four starts in April and gave up 15 runs in 19.2 innings. During that span, he notched 12 strikeouts and lost three games. Severino’s ERA for the month of April was 6.86 ERA.
May: Severino continued his winless streak, losing three more games while giving up 15 runs in 15.1 innings. Despite that, Severino struck out 15 batters. Severino’s ERA for the month of May was 8.22.
July: After being taken out of the rotation and sent to Triple-A, Severino returned and pitched four innings without allowing a run. As you would guess it, his ERA for July was 0.00.
August: The Yankees once again tried to slot Luis Severino in as a starter, but August was another nightmare month for him, giving up 12 runs in 13.1 innings. His ERA for the month of August was 8.76.
September: The Yankees finally placed Severino in the bullpen for good and that was where he shined, giving up two runs in 16 innings. He also notched 16 strikeouts in that frame. His ERA for the month of September was 1.13.
October: Severino had one outing and gave up three runs in 3.2 innings. His ERA for October was 7.36.
The Verdict: Luis Severino had a terrible stint as a Yankees starter, but his appearance as the Yankees reliever salvaged his grade a bit. If anything, the Yankees might want to consider placing Severino in the bullpen permanently as his two-pitch repertoire wouldn’t be enough as a starter.
So what would be Luis Severino’s final grade?
FINAL GRADE: D+
Tomorrow: We grade Severino’s bullpen mate Chasen Shreve, who was able to bounce back from his horrible outings last September.