New York told interested clubs Luis Severino was not available prior to Friday's non-waiver trade deadline and now it is clear why. Severino has pitched well in both Double and Triple-A this season, and according to WFAN's Sweeny Murti, he will make his next start in the major leagues.
Severino, 21, posted a 3.32 ERA over 38.0 inning before the Yankees opted to promote him to Triple-A. He has pitched notably well since the promotion, pitching to a 1.91 ERA over 61.0 innings while also going 7-0 through and holding opposing hitters to a .184 batting average. Overall in 2015, Severino has posted a 2.45 ERA over 99.1 innings.
The Yankees only added Dustin Ackley before the trade deadline because they did not want to part with top prospects, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. Severino and Aaron Judge appeared to draw a notable amount of interest and likely would have had to be included in a deal for a top pitcher, such as David Price or Cole Hamels, or a top bullpen arm, such as Craig Kimbrel.
MILB.com noted the Tigers, Reds, and Padres all expressed interest in Severino over the last few days. He is known for having a plus fastball and changeup and according to Mark Feinsand of The New York Daily News, Severino will not having an innings limit after he is called upon.
Severino was deemed the 35th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America heading into the season. MLB.com ranked him 23rd, with Baseball Prospectus placing him at No. 51. Although there were not any players that were untouchable in New York's farm system, Severino "came close" to earning that label, according to George A. King III of The New York Post.