A struggling Trenton Thunder pitching staff will be getting a major boost when the team resumes play in Binghamton after the All-Star break, as former Thunder beat writer and current Baseball America Social Media Editor Josh Norris has confirmed that Luis Severino has been promoted to the New York Yankees’ Double-A affiliate from the Florida State League’s Tampa Yankees.
Severino’s promotion comes just two days after he wowed scouts with an impressive inning of work in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field, where he allowed one hit, but also struck out MiLB home run leader Joey Gallo.
The top pitching prospect in the New York Yankees farm system and arguably one of the best in all of baseball, Severino has already dominated two levels of the minor league chain this season. In fourteen starts with the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs, Severino went 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings pitches, earning him a mid-June promotion to the Tampa Yankees.
Severino used his three pitch arsenal to immediately master the Florida State League, earning a promotion despite making just four starts for Tampa. After allowing three earned runs in his first outing, Severino shut down opposing offenses, surrendering just one unearned run in his final three outings with Tampa. He ends his limited tenure with Tampa with a 1-1 record, a 1.79 ERA, and 28 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. Perhaps most impressive was that opposing hitters were batting just .151 against him.
When the 20-year-old Severino makes his debut for the Thunder on Saturday against the Binghamton Mets, he will become the youngest pitcher in the Eastern League this season. Despite his youth, Severino throws all three pitches in his arsenal effectively, and does not need to rely on his overpowering fastball for success.