A Reason, Or Excuse, To Come To The Park: Luis Severino

There are many reasons to come to Coca-Cola Field for a Bisons game on any given night. There’s the saliva eliciting food, which smells’ meditate in the hallways begging to be eaten. The entertainment between innings, including mascots running (or attempting to run) and t-shirts flying. The great atmosphere inside and outside of the stadium, with the city on the rise and the stadium improving as well. Oh, and there’s the baseball, of course. If the freshly cut, interestingly designed and pristinely green grass isn’t enough of a reason to come to the Bisons’ game here is another:

Luis Severino. The hard throwing right-handed pitcher is one of the Yankees best prospects. Baseball America actually ranked him their number one prospect throughout the organization, while Baseball Prospectus ranked him second. MLB.com has Severino ranked the 23rd best prospect in all of baseball.

The 21-year-old near phenom is the probable pitcher for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this Wednesday, June 10 when the Rail Riders play their third game of the week against the Buffalo Bisons. The Bisons have not yet announced a probable pitcher, though Severino is well worth the price of admission. The game’s first pitch is scheduled for 10:35 a.m.

Severino was promoted to Triple A ball in late May. He’s expected to debut in the Big Leagues early next season. In two Triple A starts he’s only allowed three earned runs on nine hits. He has walked four and struck out four with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Severino’s fastball averages out at about 96 MPH. He also carries a changeup and slider in his repertoire. His stuff is electric and certainly worth a watch.

Luis Severino is just another reason to come out to the ballpark this week. Or an excuse, rather. 


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