Anderson Severino signed with the Yankees as an international free agent out of Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic. His professional career got off to a rough start after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid and was suspended for 50 games.
After his suspension, Severino spent the first four seasons of his career in rookie ball where he struggled with location. His inability to find the strike zone throughout his first few seasons hindered his development—despite his plus pitches.
Severino spent his 2014 season in the Dominican Summer League where he posted a 3.97 ERA in 11.1 innings striking out 17 batters. He made four total appearances—two of those out of the bullpen—and struggled greatly in those games to find the strike zone.
Anderson Severino started 2015 off in the Gulf Coast League where he put together a strong campaign. In 41.1 innings Severino posted a 2.61 ERA and a .204 batting average against. The results were there, but Severino still had some of the same issues with men on base—posting a 1.52 WHIP.
Severino struggled for much of 2016 in the Gulf Coast League—posting a 6.29 ERA over 11 appearances. His WHIP increased slightly, and the batting average against skyrocketed to .311. He hit a career high in innings pitched (48.2 IP) and despite the peripheral numbers looking poor—he posted a 4.09 FIP according to Fangraphs.
After his struggles in 2016, Severino moved to the bullpen where he became much more effective. He posted a 1.59 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP—both career highs—over 22.2 innings pitched. His stuff played better out of the bullpen, a major turning point for his development in rookie ball.
Anderson Severino’s 2018 season built off of much of the success he had the year before. Starting the season off in class-A Charleston, Severino made 28 appearances, posting a 3.64 ERA. He again had been working out of the pen and continued to post strong numbers even after being promoted.
Severino earned another promotion to the Tampa Tarpons towards the end of the season, where he made two appearances. His 2018 season ended on a strong note, earning the promotion and finding his role in the pen.
Standing at 5’10 and 165 lbs., Severino is smaller in stature than most pitchers at the major league level. Despite having a smaller frame, he is still able to generate high velocity on his pitches.
He features two pitches—fastball and curveball—both of them plus pitches. His fastball tops out at 99 mph and generally sits around 95-96 mph. His curveball grades as a plus pitch, sitting between 78-81 mph.
Severino will start the 2019 season with the Tarpons, where he will look to continue his development out of the bullpen.