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Luis Severino Makes Major League Debut

New York Yankees' Top Prospect RHP Luis Severino  made his Major League Debut on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.  (ww.nj.com)

New York Yankees’ Top Prospect RHP Luis Severino made his Major League Debut on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. (ww.nj.com)

It was the night that New York Yankees’ fans had anticipated, the organization’s top prospect Luis Severino made his Major League Debut at Yankee Stadium against the Boston Red Sox.

The right-hander didn’t disappoint, as he went 1-2-3 in the first inning and recorded his first Major League strikeout when he got Xander Bogaerts with a 91 mph fastball.

Severino allowed his first hit of the night when the Red Sox took an early one run lead with a RBI double by Alejandro De Aza on a fly ball to center, in the top of the second.

The only other hit the 21 year old Severino allowed would be a solo home run to David Ortiz on a fly ball to right, his twenty-first on the season. He then went on two strike out two of the next three batters.

After five innings of work, Severino allowed two runs on two hits, and striking out an impressive seven batters in his first start in the Big Leagues. He was charged with the loss as the Yankees were only able to get one run on the board after the Red Sox showcased their knuckle-baller Steven Wright on Wednesday night. Wright pitched eight innings allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out nine.

Severino is said to be staying in the starting rotation for the time being as Michael Pineda is currently on the DL with a forearm strain.

Luis Severino was signed by the New York Yankees in 2012 as an international free agent. Since then he has made his way through the Yankees’ Farm System at a rapid pace. In 2013 he played with the Yanks in the Dominican League before he was promoted to the Class-A Charleston. In 2014 he started the season in Charleston and was then sent to with High-A Tampa before finishing the season with Double-A Trenton. So far this season he has spent time with both Trenton and then Triple-A Scranton where he had a perfect 7-0 record in eleven games with just a 1.91 ERA.

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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