Height: 5 – 10
Age: 21 (9/17/94)
Anderson Severino signed with the New York Yankees July 1, 2013, as an international free agent from Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic. Before making an appearance in a game, Severino was suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games without pay for testing positive for a banned substance. He tested positive for a synthetic anabolic steroid called Stanozolol. The drug is derived from testosterone and it promotes muscle growth, red blood cell production and bone density.
After serving the suspension, Severino made his professional debut in 2014 for one of the Yankees’ Dominican Summer League affiliates. He made two starts and appeared in four total games. He posted a 3.97 earned run average (ERA) in 11.1 innings pitched, allowing 13 hits, five earned runs, and 13 walks on the season. On a positive note, he posted terrific strikeout numbers, fanning 17 batters.
Severino spent the 2015 season in Tampa, playing for the Gulf Coast Yankees 1 affiliate, pitching to a 2-3 record. He played in 11 games, making nine starts. He pitched to an improved 2.61 ERA, and held opponents to a .205 batting average against. He ended up allowing just two hits or fewer in eight of his 11 appearances. In total, Anderson pitched 41.1 innings, gave up 30 hits, allowed 12 earned runs, permitted 33 walks, and struck out 32 batters.
The southpaw’s fastball sits in the low to mid 90’s, touching 96 mph. He features a pretty electric curveball that has been given above-average scouting grades. Along with most young minor-league pitchers, the biggest issue facing Severino is his lack of control and feel for the strike zone. Should he refine his mechanics and gain more control, Severino could make it as a back-end-of-the-rotation starter.