Sunday, June 15, 2014

Some minor league news coming out of the Yankees' farm system team prior to today's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Baseball America's Josh Norris reports that right-handed pitcher Luis Severino will be promoted to High-A Tampa after starting the season with the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs.

Severino, who our Josh Sabo ranked his 10th best Yankees prospect before the season, certainly deserved this promotion after pitching so well for Charleston over the past couple of weeks. He is coming off of a start on Saturday night against Lexington in which he tossed six innings of one-run ball, striking out eight.

For the season, he's pitched his way to a 2.79 ERA, with just 15 walks and 70 strikeouts in 67.2 innings.

Here is what Sabo wrote about him back in February:

"I feel that he is one of the Yankees best pitching prospects, because of his ability to throw strikes. His control is much better than other high end Yankee pitching prospects, and it allowed him to dominate the lower minors. Severino is a three pitch power pitcher, that throws a hard fastball, a changeup and a slider."

Elsewhere, Brian Gordon was granted his release from Triple-A Scranton. Gordon was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts) for Scranton this season. He has only appeared in five big league games throughout his professional career -- most recently for the Yankees in 2011. So not really a loss of talent from the Yankees' perspective.


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