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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/15/17

Severino shows his stuff off; How Cessa went from infielder to pitcher; Girardi’s idea to improve WBC; Torres keeps hitting

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Newsday | Erik Boland: Luis Severino showed off exactly what the Yankees see in him during yesterday’s game against the Rays. In the third inning, Severino struck out the Rays’ three best hitters on sliders and showed off his ability. In fact outside of a “wind-aided solo homer,” Severino pretty much had control of the Rays in his three innings of work. Girardi even noted how his stuff had improved from the last time out. Hopefully we see more of this Severino. | Randy Miller: Before Luis Cessa was trying to compete for a spot in the Yankees’ rotation, he was a infield prospect in the Mets’ organization. Though as an infielder he couldn’t hit, even in the lower levels of the minors. “Fortunately” for him, a shoulder injury sidelined him and led to him throwing a couple pitches on a whim when the Mets saw something in him and he happily agreed to switch positions. Pretty cool story.

New York Times | David Waldstein: Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi isn’t the biggest fan of his players going off to participate in the World Baseball Classic but he sees value in the tournament. So instead of advocating against the WBC, Girardi has his own ideas on how they can improve the tournament. Basically what he wants is for the first two rounds to start a week later in March, and then have the semifinals and finals during an extended All-Star break in the summer.

New York Post | Dan Martin: There’s pretty much no chance that Gleyber Torres makes the Opening Day roster. He has never played a game above Class A and still has a way to go. Though, he’s not making it easy for the Yankees to keep him down too long. Torres now has a slash line of .450/.455/1.000 this spring and just keeps on hitting. While he’s even a long-shot to make the roster in September, if he keeps hitting like this, the Yankees won’t be able to keep him in the minors for too long. #GleyberGood.