Luis Severino is aiming for a big bounce-back season with the Yankees in 2020, and if it looks anything like his handful of games late last year, the team will definitely be happy.
Severino was solid at the very end of the regular season and pitched well in the postseason. Heading into spring training, he told SNY contributor Sweeny Murti that he is feeling great, and that can be attributed to some offseason tweaks.
"I feel pretty great," he said. "Last year was a tough year for me, but this year I changed a little bit of my routine. We talked to the trainers and made a really good program to come here healthy."
Severino explained that the new workout plan involves "more arm exercises" and "less throwing." In doing so, he is moving at a slower pace than maybe the rest of the pitchers at camp, but he insists he is on the same schedule as he was last season.
If health can stay on his side, Severino has the potential to pitch like he did in 2018 when he posted a 3.39 ERA with 19 wins. In 2017, he had an even lower ERA at 2.98 and 14 wins.
Does he believe he can get back to that this year?
"Yeah, of course," he replied. "I think everybody knows the kind of pitcher I am. I can go back to that, even get better. That's the main goal not [just] for me, but other pitchers. They're trying to get better every year. If I'm healthy, I can be that kind of pitcher."
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Murti also got the time to talk to Yankees top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia, who flew up the minor league ranks last season to Triple-A. However, he cooled down once he reached Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and he discussed that along with the feeling of being at Yankees spring training for the first time.
"I feel great. I think it's a great opportunity to be here, have the chance to talk with everybody here, all the guys, and it's an experience."
Finally, Aaron Hicks, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, took the time to talk about his progression in rehab and where he hopes to be by the end of spring training.
"I feel great. I feel like my arm is recovering good, recovering fast, and I'm kinda ready to get things going."