Friday, July 13, 2018

Luis Severino, Justus Sheffield and History Repeating Itself



“The Yankees didn't make a deal for a starter at the trade deadline, but they'll be adding a new pitcher to their rotation next time through. Brian Cashman announced today that top prospect Luis Severino would be called up to make his next start with the big league club, likely replacing the injured Michael Pineda. No date has been announced for Severino's big league debut yet, as Cashman says Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild will handle mapping out a schedule for the young right-hander.

Severino has dominated Triple-A since being promoted from Trenton earlier this season. In 61.1 innings with the RailRiders Severino has a 1.91 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts. Those are certainly some dominate numbers that the Yankees could use at the big-league level right now with the state of their rotation currently up in the air and one of their best pitchers expected to miss at least a month.

Cashman showed a lot of faith in Severino by refusing to trade him for an upgrade at the trade deadline. He'll have a chance to reward that faith from the front office very soon. It's been a long time since Yankees fans had a top prospect to look forward to making their big-league debut. Severino is obviously a few cuts above Rob Refsnyder and that was very exciting before it was cut short. Hopefully we will all get a much longer look at Severino.”

That was a post written by Pinstripe Alley’s Tonya Bondurant on July 31, 2015. Take out Luis Severino’s name and put Just Sheffield’s name in its place. Is history potentially about to repeat itself here in the Bronx with a Yankees top pitching prospect? I have to believe so, yes. Why else would the Yankees be looking at potentially upgrading their bullpen and offense, but not their starting rotation? And why else, well there are a million and one reasons in my opinion why, would the team refuse to offer up Sheffield in any deal for Manny Machado plus potentially others like Zach Britton or Kevin Gausman? Because they are planning on calling him up on August 1st after adding him to the 40-man roster, something the team will have to do after the season anyway to protect the left-hander from the Rule 5 Draft.

History is about to repeat itself in my opinion, and Justus Sheffield is coming. Stay tuned.


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