Peter O’Brien, Luis Severino to represent Yankees at Future Game


Catcher/outfielder Peter O’Brien and righty Luis Severino will represent the Yankees at the Futures Game next month, MLB announced. I thought they would take Aaron Judge over O’Brien, but nope. The game will be played at Target Field on July 13th, the Sunday before the All-Star Game. The full Team USA and World Team rosters are right here.

O’Brien, 23, is hitting .266/.308/.602 (~149 wOBA) with 25 homers in 292 plate appearances split between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton this year. He has spent his time at catcher, first base, and right field, and could play any of those positions in the Futures Game. The 20-year-old Severino has a 2.99 ERA (~2.60 FIP) with 78 strikeouts and only 16 walks in 72.1 innings at mostly Tampa this season. Congrats to both.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • http://techfan0909@gmail.com josh0909

    WOW!!! Judge was robbed.

  • JoeyA

    In other “prospect” news,

    Slade Heathcott had season-ending knee surgery.

    • RetroRob

      He did? Jeez.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        Also, Slade Heathcott out for the year after having knee surgery again. "He works at it, so we’ve got that going for us," Newman said.— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) June 24, 2014

    • Looser trader droids FotD™

      Fuck me gently with a chainsaw.

  • Chip

    We’re going to see some epic swings and misses from O’Brien against guys with great breaking stuff. Hopefully he gets some at-bats against a low level guy with a big fastball that he can hit a mile

  • RetroRob

    I just can’t get excited about O’Brien. Hopefully some team does and he can be used to bring back a player the Yankees can use.

    • Wicomico Pinstripes

      Yep. One-tool prospects are tough to get excited about. At least that one tool is power. I was hoping they would give him more time in RF this year, but with only eleven games there on the year, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

      • viridiana

        Seems to me the skepticism over O’Brien is way overdone. This is a guy hitting HRs at a near-Ruthian clip of one per 11 ABs. Sure, it’s only A and AA ball. But who else is even coming remotely close? And despite this notion of O’B as a whiff-master his K level isn’t really very bad. Strikes out once every 4 ABs. For a guy who’s hit 25 bombs in half a season, not bad at all. The one concern to me is his low .BA in AA. But its still SSS (and yet he’s hit 15 HR in SSS) and he’s hit for average before.

        • Chip

          Sounds like the second coming of Dallas McPherson to me

          • Preston

            At age 22 between High A and AA, McPherson hit .310/.410/.596 between AA and AAA at age 23 (O’Brien’s current age) he hit .317/.387/.670. His MLB line was .241/.296/.446 in only 139 career MLB games.
            They had similar K rates, but O’Brien has half the walks. And McPherson had more positional value as a 3b.

    • nycsportzfan

      He hit 291BA for the yr in 2013. He hit 321BA in Tamapa before being promoted this yr. I woulden’t say hes all power and nothing else. He s adapting to Double A is all. The power will show up at every class because it is his best tool but he can hit some as well.

      • RetroRob

        It’s the lack of plate discipline. If he can improve that to some degree than I’d be more excited. I’m less concerned about the position since if he can figure out the plate discipline than his bat can play at first.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      I don’t think he will be a star with his k’s, but if he can hit enough he will have value to us.

      • viridiana

        Dave Kingman had value.

  • al

    Who picks them ?

  • Jobu

    This proves it – O’Brien is the future! Just like Chaz Michael Michaels is figure skating!

  • Looser trader droids FotD™

    I believe,that children are our future.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Judge should be better than O’brien, but they probably like that Pete was in AA, and has huge power numbers. It’s a showcase, big power guys are fun. O’brien is 3rd in the minors in homers, not exactly a bad player.

  • Yankee$

    Isn’t there a Minor League HR Derby too? POB FTW!