The MLB Futures Game kicked off All-Star Week yesterday, and the Yankees were represented by a pair of prospects. Luis Severino from High-A Tampa and Peter O'Brien from Double-A Trenton were the reps, playing for the World and USA teams respectively. In their first performances on a big national stage, each displayed in a small sample size their calling cards as prospects.
Severino was the 4th World pitcher to enter the game and he worked a scoreless inning in the 4th, allowing 1 base hit and striking a batter out. The strikeout victim was Joey Gallo, baseball HR leader and eventual game MVP, and Keith Law had Severino sitting 93-95 with his fastball. O'Brien went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts, a somewhat expected result given his free-swinging tendencies. Against the best pitchers the Minors have to offer, it's understandable that those skills overshadowed his high power potential.
All in all, not a bad night for the Yankee system in the Futures Game. Just the fact that they got 2 reps for the first time in a few years is a step in the right direction for the organization.
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