Pedro Severino started his second game of the season last night in Miami, going 2 for 4 at the plate and, according to Dusty Baker, calling a great game behind the dish.
“Sevy called a great game,” Baker told reporters in Marlins Park after the 24-year-old backstop caught Stephen Strasburg, Sammy Solis, Matt Albers, and Sean Doolittle in a 2-1 win.
“He did a great job of receiving throughout the game,” Baker said.
“He gives a good, low target, blocks well, balls in the dirt, so the game ball should go, I think, to Sevy and to Stras both.”
Matt Wieters returned to the lineup in the series opener in Marlins Park on Monday, after he missed a few games with knee and back issues, but he sat out last night’s game, and Jose Lobaton, who started in place over Wieters over the weekend in the series with Milwaukee, got the night off as well, so Baker turned to Severino.
Not a bad third option.
“I’ve been watching [Severino] for a couple years,” Baker said last night, “and he had a great chance to make this club out of Spring Training except that he had a bad arm at the time, but he’s healthy, he brings a lot of energy to the team and the field, and it’s a luxury because he can run, I don’t have to pinch run for him like I do my other catchers, so yeah, it’s a great luxury to have especially in September when you need the bodies.”
Severino’s now 5 for 15 this season and 15 for 47 so far in his three seasons in his major league career. #catcherofthefuture
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