Pedro Martinez says Luis Severino can contend for Cy Young next year – New York News

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Pedro Martinez is not surprised by the season the Yankees’ Luis Severino is having, and he will not be surprised if the young pitcher has an even better one next year.


“Severino is as rich when it comes to stuff, to poise, to makeup, to pitch in the big leagues as anybody,” Martinez, a Hall of Fame pitcher and MLB Network analyst who worked with Severino last offseason, said on Thursday.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Severino next year contending for the Cy Young right around with [Corey] Kluber and [Chris] Sale and those guys, having his name as an ace. So no, it doesn’t surprise me at all.

“I’m extremely happy for him and I’m pretty sure this is only one [big] year of many years that he’s going to have in the major leagues.”

While Severino, 23, has spoken publicly about the help Martinez gave him in their native Dominican Republic last winter, Martinez, 45, generally has avoided doing so, preferring credit go to the player and the Yankees’ coaching staff.

But Martinez told Newsday, “He figured we were very similar. He idolized me when I was pitching and he was a kid watching me at home. And he figured we look alike a lot and he wanted to actually…

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