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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/2/21

Anthony Volpe the biggest riser in the minors; Luis Severino brings a healthy dose of versatility; Jameson Taillon could return just days after re-aggravating ankle injury.

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New York Post | Greg Joyce: Luis Severino hasn’t returned in the way the Yankees initially imagined, but he’s still managed to give the team a shot in the arm. Severino has looked sharp in a handful of bullpen outings, and he will give the relief corps a heavy dose of versatility entering the playoffs. Severino’s effectiveness as a reliever and background as a starter will give Aaron Boone ample leeway to deploy Sevy in short bursts as a one-inning reliever, or across multiple innings, depending on what the team needs at any given moment. | Mike Petriello: Speaking of relief corps, relievers have more influence on the game now than at any point in history. With relievers now handling half of all major league innings, Petriello highlights which specific relief arms stand to make a huge impact in October. From a Yankee perspective, there’s Severino as the starter-turned-reliever, but also Jonathan Loáisiga as the breakout young stud, Chad Green as the veteran whose been through loads of battles, and Clay Holmes and Michael King, as the potential aces that fans of other teams haven’t yet heard of, but may come to learn.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: With the minor league season coming to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of, well, which prospects moved their stock. Anthony Volpe stands out as perhaps the biggest breakout across all of the minors. Anderson names the 2019 first-rounder as the biggest riser of the season, as Volpe’s maturation as a power hitter, evidenced by his outstanding .294/.423/.604 slash line, has turned the shortstop into one of the finest prospects in the game. | Brendan Kuty: Jameson Taillon exited his start on Wednesday night, his first outing since suffering a partial tear in his ankle, after just 2.1 innings. Despite re-aggravating the injury, Taillon is apparently already an option to pitch, as the right-hander threw a bullpen session last night without incident. Boone said Taillon could plausibly start on Sunday against the Rays.