Top prospect Severino set for Triple-A debut

Girardi, Yanks to keep close eye on righty, who starts Sunday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Top prospect Severino set for Triple-A debut

OAKLAND -- Luis Severino, regarded as the Yankees' top prospect, is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut on Sunday for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Norfolk Tides at 1:05 p.m. ET in Moosic, Pa.

Severino, 21, has been rated as the Yankees' No. 1 prospect by MLB.com. The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in eight starts for Double-A Trenton to begin the 2015 season.

"Obviously, it's a step closer," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "The way it usually happens is if somebody goes down or somebody struggles, you talk about the guys in Triple-A before you talk about the guys in Double-A. He's that much closer now, and so we'll pay attention to what he's doing."

While in Double-A, Severino struck out 48 while walking just 10 in 38 innings, permitting a .227 opponent batting average. He was in big league camp this spring, impressing coaches with a live fastball and a solid changeup.

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