|Luis Severino. @Yankees.|
The Yankees made a major investment in one of their homegrown players, a pitcher who has proven to be an ace the past couple seasons.
The Yankees have signed RHP Luis Severino to a four-year contract extending through the 2022 season, with a club option for the 2023 season, it was announced on Friday.
Severino, 24, went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA (191.1IP, 173 hits, 76 runs/72 earned runs, 46 walks, 220 strikeouts, 19 home runs) and one complete game in 32 starts in 2018.
This was a prudent move for the Yankees, who locked up Severino before he became a free agent, meaning they will save money on the back end of this contract compared to what he could have gotten if he hit the open market.
Severino has been named an All-Star the last two seasons, and he ranked third in both the Major Leagues and American League in wins. His 19 victories in 2018 were the most by a Yankees pitcher since CC Sabathia also went 19-8 in 2011. Severino’s 220 K's were eighth-most in the AL in 2018 and were the sixth-most in a single season in Yankees history.
Over the past two seasons, the right-hander is 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA (384.2IP, 136ER) and 450K in 63 starts, with the Yankees going 44-19 in those games. His 33 wins are the fourth-most in Baseball over that span, and his 450K rank eighth. Additionally, in 2017, he finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting.
Combined with his 230K in 2017, Severino is one of three pitchers in Yankees history with multiple 200-strikeout seasons (also David Cone, 1997-98 and Ron Guidry, 1978-79). His 450K from 2017-18 are the most over a two-season span in Yankees history, besting Ron Guidry’s 449K from 1978-79.
Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Yankees, Severino is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA (518.0IP, 202ER) and 572K in 96 games (85 starts). He is one of three Yankees pitchers to reach 500K prior to his 25th birthday.
Severino's postseason performances have been mixed. In the 2017 Wild Card game against Minnesota, he was knocked out after 1/3 of an inning, but the Yankees came back to win the one-game playoff. In the Division Series against Cleveland, he threw seven shutout innings in Game 3, and got the win in a 1-0 game. In the ALCS against Houston, he pitched well in two outings, allowing four earned runs on five hits in 8 2/3 innings.
In 2018, he delivered in the Wild Card game against Oakland, throwing four shutout innings, in which he allowed just two hits and walked four, while striking out seven in a Yankee victory.
In the ALDS against Boston, he pitched the third game, and didn't have it, as Boston touched him up for six runs on seven hits in three innings in a game the Red Sox won 16-1.
The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on December 26, 2011.