During this offseason, Luis Severino asked for and received help from none other than the Hall of Famer and the player whom I consider to be the greatest starting pitcher in baseball history, Pedro Martinez.
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN, Severino and Pedro worked together over 5 sessions.
In 2015, Luis Severino came up to the Yankees and lit the world on fire with a 2.89 ERA, 56 Ks, in 62.1 Innings Pitched, and a record of 5-3 in 11 Games (all starts).
However, in 2016, he fell back to Earth with a 5.83 ERA, and a 3-8 record in 22 Games (11 of which were starts).
In order for the Yankees to capitalize on the youth movement on offense they should have in the coming years of Sanchez, Bird, Judge, Frazier, and Torres, they will need starting pitching as well. Masahiro Tanaka is in an opt-out year, CC Sabathia is probably in his last year in pinstripes, and Michael Pineda is always a question mark. Players like Severino will need to step up and step up quickly.
By asking for assistance from fellow Dominican Pedro Martinez, Severino shows me that he at least is trying to improve and anything that the all-time great Pedro can teach him can only help Luis get back to the young hope of a starting pitcher we all thought he was going to be in 2015 and he can put 2016 behind him solely as a blip on a young career.
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