Luis Severino is quickly transitioning into a role that is similar to that of Yankee great, Mariano Rivera. In 1996 Rivera was a starter turned reliever. He typically pitched two innings per outing and by using his best pitch he was able to be very effective. The rest of the story writes itself, and we all know what became of Mariano’s career.
Fast forward 20 years and we see a young kid with all the talent in the world. Severino struggled mightily as a starter this season for the Yankees, but he has flourished out of the bullpen and has saved games for the Yankees by shutting down teams in crucial situations. Since he has pitched in the bullpen he has posted a 0.00ERA with 10.1 IP, 2H, 0R, and 11K’s. Severino has been so effective from the pen because he is able to use just his two best pitches, fastball and curveball. Both pitches equally devestating and when used together it’s a combo that can beat the best.
Severino uses his high 90’s fastball along with his devestating breaking ball in the mid to high 80’s. He keeps hitters off balance with this combination and by using just his top two pitches he becomes much more effective. Especially if you only see him once a game.
Though the Yankees will likely try to push Severino back into the rotation next season. Look for him to make his way back to the bullpen eventually. Severino has proven that he is much better suited out of the bullpen and can help the Yankees bullpen immediately. With some of the young arms coming up through the farm the Yankees could be building a strong, young, and very talented super bullpen.
Severino has shown a fire out of the bullpen, and a mind set that is exactly what you want from a bullpen pitcher. He has embraced his role in the bullpen and could be a crucial part of the Yankee staff down the stretch. Though there is a lot of story left to write in Severino’s story he is proving to be a true talent that can be a force out of the bullpen for years to come.