New York Yankees sign starting pitcher Luis Severino to four-year contract extension
Severino, 24, went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA (191.1IP, 173H, 76R/72ER, 46BB, 220K, 19HR) and one complete game in 32 starts in 2018. Named an All-Star for the second consecutive season, Severino ranked third in both the Majors and AL in wins. His 19 victories were the most by a Yankees pitcher since CC Sabathia also went 19-8 in 2011. Severino's 220K were eighth-most in the AL in 2018 and were the sixth-most in a single season in Yankees history.
Over the past two seasons, the right-hander is 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA (384.2IP, 136ER) and 450K in 63 starts, with the Yankees going 44-19 in those games. His 33 wins are the fourth-most in Baseball over that span, and his 450K rank eighth. Additionally, in 2017, he finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting.
Combined with his 230K in 2017, Severino is one of three pitchers in Yankees history with multiple 200-strikeout seasons (also David Cone, 1997-98 and Ron Guidry, 1978-79). His 450K from 2017-18 are the most over a two-season span in Yankees history, besting Ron Guidry's 449K from 1978-79.
Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Yankees, Severino is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA (518.0IP, 202ER) and 572K in 96 games (85 starts). He is one of three Yankees pitchers to reach 500K prior to his 25th birthday.
The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on December 26, 2011.