He didn’t get the win, but he got the respect – both from his teammates and likely from his opponents.
Yankees righty Luis Severino made his Major League debut Wednesday, allowing one earned run on two hits in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox. The 21-year-old threw 94 pitches over five innings – striking out seven and walking none – and exited to cheers from the Yankees Stadium faithful.
Brandon Tierney’s scouting report? Easy 96, trusts multiple pitches, changes planes, works inside, fields his position well, has poise.
“Yeah, a lot of it is right on,” WFAN Yankees reporter Sweeny Murti said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “The 96 throughout – from Pitch 1 to Pitch 94 – I think you saw that. His change-up, really good. (He worked) both sides of the plate. But one thing I was told he works the edges of the plate, not the corners so much. You have to maybe work off the plate a little bit more with his slider and his change and that’ll help (him) expand a little bit and be able to do more things with his weapons. I think he’s everything great.”
Murti was especially impressed with Severino after he gave up, of all things, a towering home run to David Ortiz to lead off the fourth inning.
“What did he do after that?” Murti asked. “Retired six in a row. Just the fact that he retired six in a row after giving up that monster home run to Ortiz – when you talked about poise, that’s the thing that stuck out to me.”
Tierney, a lifelong Yankees fan, was encouraged by Severino’s performance, especially since pitching prospects of his caliber are few and far between – at least in New York’s farm system. The Yankees often over-hype their pitching prospects – and Tierney gets it; it’s a business – but he’s tired of guys like Phil Hughes being touted as aces when in reality they’re okay 2s or solid 3s.
Severino, however, looks like real deal – and it makes Brian Cashman look good for standing pat and not dealing him for Johnny Cueto, David Price or Cole Hamels at the deadline.
“I love when guys like you, they ask me is he the real deal – because when they say is he the real deal, what they’re really asking is, ‘Can he win four Cy Youngs, two World Series MVPs and go into the Hall of Fame?’” Murti explained. “I’m going to stay (away from) that, but is he going to be a big-league pitcher? Yeah, I think so. You mention Phil Hughes. Phil Hughes has been in the big leagues for what, eight years? He’s had a couple of pretty good seasons. He’s a major league pitcher that the Yankees churned out. If everybody’s bottom-line measuring stick has to be Andy Pettitte and Whitey Ford, I don’t think you’re going to be too successful.
“But I get your point,” Murti continued. “And to the point of having Severino here and not having traded him away, most of my experience covering players is players don’t really care about prospects; they want to win right now. This kid has been brought up now in place of trading for Price and Cueto or anybody else. If he can help them win now, I think they’ll be satisfied.”