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Luis Severino Can Make or Break the New York Yankees Rotation in 2017

Luis Severino has long been considered the top pitching prospect in the Yankees' farm system. Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports

Luis Severino made his MLB debut in 2015 and left an encouraging impression on the New York Yankees and its fans heading into the 2016 season. Severino made 11 starts in 2015 and finished 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA.

Expectations were raised heading into the 2016 season and Severino flopped in the spotlight. Severino made 11 starts and finished with very disappointing statistics of an 0-8 record and an 8.50 ERA.

Heading into the 2017 season the Yankees rotation is in need of its you’re starters to step up, but the Yankees are giving no guarantees to Severino. He will need to earn his spot in the rotation or the Yankees plan to have Severino begin the season back in Triple-A.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged this belief and knows Severino has the talent to return to his 2015 statistics.

“He still possesses all that upside and ceiling, but obviously he will have to re-prove that in 2017 to earn a spot in the rotation at the major league level,” said Cashman. “If not, the expectation is that he would go to Triple-A.”

Severino will be competing with Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell, Chad Green and Adam Warren. Severino has the talent to beat out his competitors, but he most prove it to the Yankees coaching staff to earn this opportunity again.

The Yankees are in the midst of a youth movement with the prospects they obtained at the 2016 MLB Trade Deadline and their young talent from within its farm system. The Yankees success in 2017 will depend on young players such as Severino and if he performs to his talent level the Yankees can have their eyes on competing for the playoffs.

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