The New York Yankees are showing their loyalty to ace pitcher Luis Severino, by signing his little brother Rafael Severino. At just 19 years-old, mini-sevvy will join the ranks of Dominican Republic academy for the Yankees.
The best part, Luis was given the task of telling his little brother, in which he reacted like any normal person would, according to ESPN:
“He was flipping out. He didn’t believe it,” Luis said at Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon.
“Yippee … sign me up for that,” Boone said. “It’s definitely good to have another Severino in the mix.”
“When he went to the academy, it was like, ‘Oh my God. This is so amazing. This is great,'” Luis Severino said. “I say, ‘This is the bottom line. This is the first step. If you start working, that’s nothing.'”
Luis spent a good chunk of time struggling and refining his tool-box before having a stellar 2017, finishing with a 14-6 record and 2.98 ERA. So far in 2018, Sevvy has collected a resounding 13 wins and just two losses. He currently owns the top ERA in the MLB at 1.98. His abilities have been on full display this season and could be in a stellar spot to compete for the Cy Young award.
How fast does Rafael throw?
Luis’s brother, Rafael, currently tosses an 88-89 mph fastball, about 10 mph less than his older brother. At just 19 years-old, that’s a solid speed, and there’s no doubt he has room to grow now that he’s been enlisted in the Yankees’ camp.
“He doesn’t throw that hard, he’s really skinny,” Luis Severino said. “But when he gets stronger, he’s going to throw hard.”
Having a brother duo is always fun and exciting to watch. Maybe, someday, both will hold spots on the starting roster.