Reclamation project: Luis Severino
The hope for Luis Severino is for one team to be confident enough to give a multi-year deal this offseason. However, the odds are better that he will sign a one-year contract to help build his market value for next offseason.
Last season, Severino posted disappointing numbers (6.85 ERA in 89.1 innings pitched) with the New York Yankees. Problems occurred with his fastball as it showed little movement despite having good velocity coming towards home plate. The results are not favorable for starting pitchers who rely on their fastball to get outs. Definitely it was a far cry from his 2018 season, where Severino had a 3.39 ERA with a 220/46 K/BB ratio.
A change of scenery could provide a much-needed platform for a desperate pitcher searching for consistency. Severino is confident he can return to his former self. Despite all the struggles, he is considered a strong back-of-the-rotation candidate in 2024.
Past major league success has a way of getting struggling starting pitchers a second chance with a new organization. San Diego could be Severino’s first stop on his comeback trail.
Give Pedro Avila a chance
Pedro Avila is looking to secure the No.5 starting role in the 2024 Padres rotation. He pitched briefly as a starter late last season as injuries decimated the Friars rotation. Avila had a 3.22 ERA and 54/25 K/BB ratio in 50.1 innings. He was impressive enough to put his name into consideration for a roster spot.
Despite the outstanding numbers, the short sampling may not be enough to win a spot in the starting rotation. But do not count out Avila as being a game-changer for the Friars in 2024. It is his time to shine and remain in the majors for an entire season.