Yankees RHP Luis Severino was named a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award on Monday.
Severino rebounded from a 2016 season in which he was demoted to the minors and sent to the bullpen by going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 starts en route to his first All-Star appearance.
Severino's 2.98 ERA ranked third in the AL, behind fellow Cy Young Award finalists Corey Kluber and Chris Sale. His 230 strikeouts ranked fourth in the league.
Kluber went 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA in 29 starts for the Cleveland Indians, while Sale went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and an MLB-high 308 strikeouts.
The winner of the award will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
The last Yankees pitcher to win the Cy Young Award was Roger Clemens in 2001.
Fortunately, the Yankees and Severino refused to buy into the ludicrous narrative that he was a failed starter.
Severino pitched so poorly as a major league starter in 2016 that he was demoted and eventually used as a reliever. His stint out of the bullpen in late 2016 was electric, and it began to produce chatter than he should be relegated to a relief role on a permanent basis.
Severino worked hard in the offseason to regain confidence in his changeup and how to pitch effectively by enlisting the aid of Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez. Severino took the lessons to heart. He demonstrated the poise of his impressive 2015 rookie campaign and won a rotation spot out of spring training. Before long, Severino established himself as the Yankees' top rotation option and began to rise into the Cy Young conversation with Sale and Kluber.
Ultimately, Severino will likely come in third place in the race. However, while he will be 24 years old on Opening Day, Severino appears to have plenty of dominant seasons and a potential Cy Young Award in his future.