Luis Severino is a 19 year old, 6'0", 195 pound RHP from the Dominican Republic who signed for $225,000 last year. He is a very athletic and projectable righthander who touches 95 mph with his fastball, and combines it with a potentially plus slider that comes in at 82-86 mph. As for now Severino lacks a third pitch, with his changeup still developing. He pitched very well in the DSL last year with an ERA of 1.68 and 45 K´s in 68 innings. Severino opened many eyes during spring training, being called one of the stars at camp. He was the opening day starter in the GCL and was spectacular in his debut with a 4 IP 1H 1R 1BB 8K 4 GO/AO line.
Giovanny Gallegos is a 6'2", 175 pound RHP from the Mexico who signed for $100,000 two years ago. Gallegos has a clean repeatable and simple delivery. He has great control to go along with a low 90′s fastball that has touched 94, his curve and change are average right now, but have potential. He is similar to Banuelos in that his stuff plays up because of his great control. The problem with Gallegos is that he already turns 22 this year. He lost almost two years of developmental time due to a knee injury and TJ surgery. He made his Yankees debut last year in the GCL with an ERA of 1.67 and 22 K´s in 27 innings. Gallegos was also pretty good in his debut as the opening day starter in SI with a 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO line.
Gallegos and Severino are my favorites to break out this year and become top prospects in the Yankees system. Gallegos could move very quickly, following a similar path to ManBan once he proves he is healthy. Severino could take a while longer, but his athleticism, projectability and potentially two plus pitches give him a very high ceiling.