Luis Severino has made the Yankees' opening day roster and will be the team's 4th starter, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Severino pitched 13.2 innings during spring training, allowing six runs on 12 hits while walking five hitters and striking out 16.
The 23-year old righty went 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 71.0 innings for the Yankees last season.
The Yankees' rotation currently includes Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, and Severino.
Severino had been in competition with Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell, and Chad Green this spring for a spot in New York's rotation.
In my view, Severino was the Yankees' choice for the role from the moment spring training began. However, nabbing the rotation spot might have taken longer and been less emphatic than they would have liked.
The long and short of it is no one - besides maybe Jordan Montgomery - made a strong enough case to supplant Severino. It is not as if Severino pitched poorly, but he remains a work in progress as he continues to work on developing and mastering his changeup.
As should be the case, the Yankees realize that Severino has nothing to prove in the minors and at 23 years old, this is the season to figure out if he can handle a full season as a starter.