After a disappointing 2016 season, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino has sought to improve his mechanics, even working with Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez to make adjustments, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
Severino was 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA last season with the Yankees after a successful 11-start run in 2015. Severino believes his release point affected his command, which led to poor results. Working with Martinez, Severino is looking to correct these mistakes.
"I had the honor to work with Pedro Martinez," Severino said to NJ.com. "We focused on mechanics. That's something [Yankees pitching coach] Larry [Rothschild] told me to do. My mechanics, my release point -- trying to fix it all."
Despite not facing major league hitters yet, Severino said he's already seen improvement in his stuff.
"I'm doing very well," Severino said. "I've been throwing my bullpen and my changeup is way better than last year. My fastball location is better, too. So hopefully in spring training it'll be good."
As much as it may pain a Yankee fan to admit, getting pitching advice from Pedro Martinez is not a bad thing for a promising pitcher.
The fact that Severino is determined to put 2016 behind him by changing his body shape and putting in the extra effort is great to see. I also believe the fact that he is willing to fix mechanical flaws seen by his pitching coach and a Hall of Fame pitcher tells a lot about his desire to do what it takes to improve his game.
In my opinion, Severino should have the inside track to the fourth starter role heading into spring training. He possesses too much talent, and apparently the necessary drive to better himself, to not make the most of an opportunity to solidify his spot in the Yankees' rotation for years to come.