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Daily Dose: Luis Luis

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


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Most of the attention when it comes to the Yankees revolves around their lineup which features outstanding, mostly-young talent. They’ve got a pretty outstanding young starting pitcher, as well.

 

Luis Severino dominated an overmatched Tigers lineup in the first game of a doubleheader Monday, giving up just one earned run (two overall) while fanning 10 batters over eight innings of work. He surrendered only four hits and didn’t walk anyone.

 

Severino moved his record on the season to 9-1 with the victory. He hasn’t lost since April 10 and that was the only time in 2018 that the Yankees have lost a game in which Severino started. It was also the last time he didn’t post a quality start.

 

The young right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.20 and WHIP to 0.93 and he now has a 102/21 K/BB ratio over 86 innings across 13 starts this season. Since the beginning of last season, Severino has allowed one or fewer earned runs in 24 starts (out of 44), which is the most in baseball over that time. More than Max Scherzer, more than Corey Kluber, more than Justin Verlander.

 

Severino threw 58 more innings in 2017 (209 1/3) than he did in 2016 (151 1/3). He’s currently on pace to throw 253 innings this season, and that’s before factoring in innings thrown during a likely postseason berth for the Yankees.

 

The workload increase combined with his big velocity (highest among starters) and reliance on a slider (sixth among starters in 2018) makes the 24-year-old a risk for injury or at the very least a risk to wear down. However, there’s no disputing at this point that Severino now stands among the elite hurlers in the game. He was the No. 5 ranked fantasy pitcher going into Monday’s outing, ranking behind only Verlander, Scherzer, Kluber and Gerrit Cole.

 

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Rodon’s Return

 

The White Sox starting pitchers currently have the worst ERA in the American League, but they’re about to get a reinforcement soon.

 

Carlos Rodon allowed two runs while striking out eight batters over five innings Sunday at Triple-A Charlotte in his fourth rehab start, getting his pitch count up to 92. The left-hander now boasts a 1.53 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 frames so far on his rehab assignment.

 

The White Sox aren’t ready to say whether Rodon will make another rehab start or join their rotation for his next outing. The fact that he threw 92 pitches in his last rehab outing points to him being sufficiently stretched out, and the left-hander also certainly looks to be ready from a performance standpoint.

 

Rodon would be on regular rest Friday in Boston if the White Sox did choose to bring him back then. It would certainly be a rough matchup in his first start in the majors since last September, but that doesn’t diminish Rodon’s appeal as a DL stash if he’s still available in your league. The southpaw has always had control issues with a career 3.8 BB/9 rate. He’s also struck out at least a batter per inning every year in the majors and has improved every season in that regard. Rodon is a WHIP risk and isn’t on a good team, but he’s a proven bat-misser.

 

Feeling a Draft

 

Most of the players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night aren’t going to reach the majors for multiple years (if at all), but that doesn’t mean you can’t get started on your dynasty league prep.

 

There weren’t any surprises at the top-end of the Draft. Casey Mize, a right-hander from Auburn University, went No. 1 overall to the Tigers. Mize, who had long been considered the favorite to go in the top spot, has arguably the best swing-and-miss pitch in the Draft with his splitter and he can touch the upper-90s with his fastball, too. He has a shot to move quickly through Detroit’s system.

 

The Giants plucked Buster Posey’s possible eventual replacement at No. 2 in Joey Bart, a catcher from Georgia Tech who has plus power. We then saw Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm go to the Phillies with the third base. Bohm might have to move to a different position, but he has arguably the highest offensive upside in the Draft. Infielders Nick Madrigal (White Sox) and Jonathan India (Reds) can both really hit and land in favorable parks for offense. Are you listening, dynasty leaguers?

 

Perhaps the most interesting pick of the night came when the A’s plucked Kyler Murray at No. 9. Murray is an electric athlete with probably the best speed in the Draft. He’s also the favorite to start at quarterback for Oklahoma this fall, and reportedly plans to play football for a year before then turning to baseball. That obviously presents a lot of risk, but it was one Oakland was willing to take for the elite athlete.

 

Be sure to look back at the Rotoworld player news page to check out the pick-by-pick analysis from our resident prospect expert Christopher Crawford.

 

 

American League Quick Hits: Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave for Roberto Osuna for another week through June 11. Osuna’s first court date for his assault case is June 18 … Matt Davidson was activated from the disabled list Monday after missing 10 days with a back injury … Anthony Banda is set to undergo Tommy John surgery … The Twins will promote Zack Littell to make his major league debut Tuesday against the White Sox … The Twins signed Cameron Rupp to a minor league contract … The Tigers have signed Junichi Tazawa to a minor league contract …

 

National League Quick Hits: Ronald Acuna (knee) has yet to resume baseball activities but could do so later this week … Christian Villanueva sat out Monday’s game after exiting Sunday’s contest with an ankle injury … Julio Teheran departed Monday's start in San Diego with an apparent injury … Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) played catch Monday, the first time he’s done any throwing since he went on the disabled list … Mike Soroka (shoulder) is expected to make two more rehab starts before rejoining the Braves' rotation … The Dodgers are expected to call up pitching prospect Caleb Ferguson this week, likely to make his major league debut Wednesday … Jose Ramirez (shoulder) suffered a setback while throwing a live batting practice session … 



Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter.
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