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Despite loss, Luis Severino electric in Major League Debut

Severino gave up one earned run on two hits in debut.

Luis Severino (USATSI)

Luis Severino (USATSI)


New York Yankees No. 1 prospect Luis Severino took the mound in front of a stadium capacity crowd of 47,489 on Wednesday and did not disappoint.

Severino pitched five innings, giving up two runs (one earned), striking out seven for the Yanks. Severino did not walk a batter and became the first pitcher in American League history to allow two or fewer hits with no walks and seven or more strikeouts in his major league debut.

Severino threw 94 pitches, 59 of them for strikes as command was on and off throughout the rookies first start. According to Fox Sports CJ Nitkowski, the promising righty averaged 5.2 pitches per plate appearance with the league average at 3.8.

Severino, although not walking a batter, did lack command, but was absolutely electrifying and lived up to the hype set by the Yankees and Yankees fans alike.

Severino made two mistakes in his debuted, one coming after a routine throwing error by third baseman Chase Headley. Headley threw a third out into the dirt, continuing the inning and eventually leading to an unearned run as Severino surrendered a double to Red Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza.

Later in the start Severino made his second mistake, laying a 2-and-0 fastball over the plate for Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz welcomed Severino to the big leagues with a 420-foot blast into the right field seats.

Severino barred down and was keeping the crowd into it by delivering pitches 95 mph and up.

Realistically, the Yankees couldn’t have been happier with where Severino stands, and will need him to continue to electrify whatever comes his way.

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