Earlier this afternoon, ESPN radio analyst Antonio Puesan was the first to report that Washington Nationals' backstop prospect Pedro Severino was getting called up to the majors.
Severino, 22, has played the entire season at Double-A Harrisburg putting up a .246/.288/.331 line with 13 doubles and five home runs in 91 games and 357 plate appearances in his fifth season in the Nationals' system after he was signed out of the Dominican Republic for $55,000 dollars in 2010.
Behind the plate, Severino has put up a .989 fld%, with a 38% caught stealing percentage (36 of 95). Ranked 9th on MLB.com's list of the Nationals' top 30 prospects, Severino's described in their write-up as a solid defensive catcher whose bat is on the come:
"Severino's arm strength and athleticism behind the plate leave no doubt he has the skills necessary to catch in the big leagues. He blocks balls in the dirt well, already shows an aptitude for pitch framing and is improving as a game-caller."
Writing about Severino offensively, MLB.com's scouts add that, "his bat remains well behind his glove. He has some pop and his easy swing gives him a chance to eventually hit for more average."
Several other writers have since confirmed that Severino has joined the Nationals in St. Louis where they're set to play the second game of a three-game set with the Cardinals tonight at 8:15 PM EDT.
#Nats catching prospect Pedro Severino is a Sept. call-up. Gear on and in the bullpen at Busch Stadium.— Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) September 1, 2015
Catching prospect Pedro Severino is indeed among Nats' Sept. call-ups, as @antoniopuesan first said. Severino, 22, known for his defense.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) September 1, 2015
Apparently, Dan Uggla has been reinstated from the DL as well, and Sammy Solis is in St. Louis:
Catcher Pedro Severino is here and has been added to Nats' roster. Sammy Solis also is here. Dan Uggla also here. Will be activated off DL— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 1, 2015