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Monday, September 4, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: LUIS SEVERINO FURTHER BURNISHING ACE STATUS

When he wakes up Monday morning, New York Yankees 23-year-old power righty Luis Severino will be starting back at a 3.03 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 201 strikeouts after he whiffed 8 Boston Red Sox in a hugely important game late on Sunday.  With it now being September 4th, Severino looks like he is ready to finish the season as strongly as he began it and with the numbers looking as impressive as any hurler in fantasy baseball (especially when you consider the league AND division potency), the argument can firmly be made that Severino has already graduated into ace status.  There is simply no other way to classify him in this dream-like breakout season for the kid and pretty much everywhere you look, the numbers stand out.  This after a bomb of a 2016 where Severino failed to win a game in the Yankee rotation, was bounced from a starting role, and then even sent to the minor leagues.  While Severino impressed in the bullpen which lead to demands that he stay there for 2017, GM Brian Cashman held true to his belief that he could make it as a starter and boy has he been right on.

Digging into the numbers a bit, the first thing that pops is Severino's 10.68 K/9 which again is tremendous for a starting pitcher.  When you combine that with excellent control (2.39 BB/9), Severino becomes an impossible chore for a major league hitter.  And Severino is pretty much as legit as it gets in terms of the batted ball, with his .280 BABIP only slightly in the lucky range.  So what you are seeing here is the blossoming of a terrific power arm who seems set to stay a top level starter for awhile.  The only concern I would have going into next season is some residual fatigue after such a big innings jump and also for the threat of injury which we often see out of young arms when they make that jump/  Otherwise Severino has the ability to anchor any fantasy baseball rotation.


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