KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Catcher Pedro Severino is considered the 10th-best prospect in the Nationals organization by MLB.com, but the 22-year-old plays like a 10-year veteran.
Take the Nationals' 6-4 victory over the Astros on Tuesday afternoon. There he was, calling a good game with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound. Whenever a mistake was made, Gonzalez took the blame. He should have listened to Severino in the fourth inning, for example, when the left-hander allowed a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez.
"He has a great strike zone; it seems like he is in the game," Gonzalez said of Severino. "The balls that were hit were pitches I shook off. He had the right frame of mind. If I could go back on that 0-2 fastball to Marwin, it's a glitch in the system where I thought I could go up and away. It stayed right down the middle. But Seve had the right frame of mind with another pitch."