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  • It’s Time to Jump on the Yunior Severino Hype Train

    Cody Christie

    During the 2022 season, multiple Twins prospects put themselves on the prospect map with breakout seasons. Now is the time to jump on the Yunior Severino hype train.

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    Names like Edouard Julien, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and Marco Raya separated themselves as prospects last season. Julien made his big-league debut in 2023 and projects to be part of the organization’s long-term plans. Rodriguez and Raya are further away from Target Field, but both players have some of the most significant upside in the farm system. Another player hopes his 2023 season will help him rise on prospect lists as he continues to climb the organizational ladder. 

    The Braves originally signed Yunior Severino, a native of the Dominican Republic, for $1.9 million in 2016. He played the 2017 season in the rookie leagues for the Braves, but then MLB stepped in. Atlanta was penalized for circumventing international signing rules during three different signing periods, and 13 players, including Severino, became free agents as part of the club’s penalty. He agreed to a $2.5 million deal with the Twins while being able to keep his initial signing bonus too. 

    The Twins sent Severino to Elizabethton during the 2018 season, where he was over two years younger than the average age of the competition. In 49 games, he hit .263/.321/.424 (.745) with eight doubles and eight home runs. He only faced younger pitchers in six at-bats for the entire season. A thumb fracture cut short his 2019 season in April, and he was limited to a .657 OPS in 100 at-bats. He likely wanted to prove the thumb injury made his performance suffer, but the pandemic took away the 2020 season.

    In 2021, the Twins had Severino split time between Low- and High-A, where he was still younger than the average age of the competition. In Fort Myers, he posted a .740 OPS with 23 extra-base hits in 63 games. His performance took off after his promotion to Cedar Rapids. In 35 games, he hit .321/.414/.493 (.907) with 12 doubles, one triple, and three home runs. Now in his early 20s, he was proving the Twins were correct to invest in him. 

    Last season, Severino started the year in Cedar Rapids and continued to showcase his powerful swing. In 46 games, he hit .283/.398/.572 (.970) with nine doubles, two triples, and 11 home runs. The Twins promoted him to Wichita in August, and he was over two years younger than the average age of the competition. He held his own in the season’s final 37 games with an .837 OPS, eight doubles, and eight home runs. As a switch hitter, his OPS was only separated by one point from the right and left sides. For the second time in his career, he missed time with a thumb injury, but this time he could return and not have any long-term effects. 

    Severino was Rule 5 eligible this winter, but no team took a chance on him. Minnesota assigned him to Double-A, the level where he finished the 2022 season. His season got off to a good start as he went 18-for-65 (.277) with two doubles and six home runs in April. Things have improved in May, with seven extra-base hits and a 1.053 OPS across the first ten games of the month. Nearly all his damage this season has been from the left side, where he has a .404 OBP and a .706 SLG. His opportunities against lefties have been limited, with 21 plate appearances. He’s been one of the organization’s hottest hitters over the last week, but he is also proving that the numbers he posted in 2022 were not a fluke. 

    Defensively, the Twins have primarily used Severino as a second baseman with experience at third base and two games in the outfield. During the 2023 season, Wichita has only used him at third base, which may provide a better opportunity to impact the big-league roster. He has been known for a strong arm, which can help him at the hot corner. Offensively, he continues to strike out at a high rate which can limit his upside when climbing the organizational ladder. Over the last two seasons, Severino has played at multiple levels, so he will likely have an opportunity to play at Triple-A before the season’s end. 

    It's been more than one hot week for Severino. His power has continued to improve, and he might be putting it all together in 2023. Are you ready to jump on the Severino hype train? What is Severino’s long-term upside? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.



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    Talented player and will have to be protected this year in the Rule 5, but he's got to cut down on the Ks. I'm thrilled to see his power output blossom, but this level of K-rate seems unsustainable. He's even higher than Wallner was last season at Wichita, and it certainly made Wallner's life difficult in his first attempts at MLB.

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    I am on the hype train but there is a reason the MLB.com site doesn't even list Severino in Minnesota's top 30 prospects.  He is aggressive at the plate and that only plays so far up the ladder.  His K rate as well as hot and cold streaks and injuries have kept him off the top prospect lists so there is work to be done. Still the end of last year and the beginning of this year he sure has been barreling up the ball with frequency so maybe he can sustain this to a degree. However,  he is gonna need to learn to work counts or he will get taken advantage of at the MLB level.  

    Severino always had a good power profile and now it is being realized.  I hope this is his breakout year and he makes his way up the ladder,.

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    29 minutes ago, FlyingFinn said:

    How good (or bad) is he on defense? 

    Worries me that a young kid like this is playing DH over half the time.....

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    Hopefully the next step for Severino is to really get selective like Wallner did last year. 

    Overall his numbers in A ball were a 28.6% K rate and a 12% BB rate.  In AA he's been at 32.9% K and 9.6% BB rate but still has only 280 PA there.  By the numbers, his track record on plate discipline and contact is actually much better than Wallner and many other similar players at the same stage.  So it seems at best premature to say that this is such a huge issue for him.  I think we can wait a few months to see how he fairs in that area.  I think it's fair to say he'll likely be a high K guy, but nothing in his track record suggests it'll be a debilitating issue.

    Defensively, no he's not great.  I think he can probably play third but he might have to slide down to 1B/DH rather quickly.  That's probably the bigger hit on his prospect status to me, but he's hardly unique there either.  The main thing is just whether he continues to hit.

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    There's a lot to like in his stat line. But the Ks are tough to ignore. If I did my math right, he at 36.6% k rate right now. I doubt that will stay that way. He was at 26% for all of last season between A+ and AA. Get that back to that area and keep the .375 OBP and he should be on the Twins 40-man next spring or Rule 5 drafted. 

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    He was one of my "pick to click" players last year and I got that right. Yeah me! LOL. But I've been on his hype train for a while now.

    The K % is a concern, no doubt. And while these things are very fluid, his milb career slash line is:

    .271/ .354/ .463/ .816

    This tells me...by rough standards to be sure...that he might always K more than anyone would like, but he has the ability to still "hit" as well as take some BB. I can live with a 30% ish K for any batter if he can also just hit the damn ball once in a while, and take some walks to get OB, while providing XB and HR power. A 3 outcome player can still be a very good and productive one. But no question the BA and OB could nosedive if the K % keeps rising. So he still has to keep progressing and developing. 

    I was worried he and Helman might be rule 5 picks this past offseason. Helman is older, a late bloomer, and maybe not a starter anywhere, but could be a great super utility player for someone, if it doesn't happen for the Twins. I didn't expect a proposed 2023 contending club to look at Severino, but I thought a Detroit, or KC, might look at him as a talented, "not quite ready" 2B/3B/DH to stash. Was very pleased when that didn't happen.

    Only slightly surprised Severino didn't begin the year at St Paul. Think they just wanted to build on his half season at AA a little more. But I'd bet both he and Lee are at AAA by the start of the 2nd half. He's got to continue to improve, of course, or it's a moot point. Long term, I'm not sure his potential fit when you look at all the position player talent in front of him. Does he potentially convert to the OF? But I'm pretty sure he's going to force his way on to the 40 man this next offseason.


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    Is there a reason you don't state his age in this whole article? That is fairly integral when analyzing prospects. You use early 20's somewhat disingenuously here considering he will be mid 20's in 5 months (by some definitions he already is). I know we want to be optimistic about our prospects but that is an important piece to obscure that way.

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    25 minutes ago, weneedneshek said:

    Is there a reason you don't state his age in this whole article? That is fairly integral when analyzing prospects. You use early 20's somewhat disingenuously here considering he will be mid 20's in 5 months (by some definitions he already is). I know we want to be optimistic about our prospects but that is an important piece to obscure that way.

    I think the author thought the more important info was his age relative to his competition, which was clearly stated. A simple search would provide his birthdate. 

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    If nothing else he is shown he could be used as a trade chip.  Not saying they should trade him, but he is showing he may be MLB prospect again. 

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