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Severino Yunier Gonzalez Cruz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 153 lb.
- Debut April 28, 2015
- Final Game September 27, 2016
- Born September 28, 1992 in Santiago de Veraguas, Veraguas Panama
When pitcher Severino Gonzalez made his major league debut as the starter for the Philadelphia Phillies against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 28, 2015, it marked the first time in major league history that the starting battery for a major league team was from Panama, as his starting catcher that day was Carlos Ruiz. It was not a great start, however, as he gave up 7 runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings and was charged with an 11-5 loss.
Gonzalez was signed by the Phillies before the 2011 season (the scout was Allan Lewis) and pitched his first two years with the VSL Phillies in the Venezuelan Summer League. He was 1-1, 2.11 as an 18-year-old reliever in 2011, and 7-3, 1.65 as a starter in 2012. He moved to the United States in 2013 and split that season among three teams, the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Clearwater Threshers and the Reading Fightin Phils, reaching AA at the age of only 20. He was a combined 7-5, 2.00 in 25 games, including 14 starts. He pitched 103 2/3 innings and struck out 119 to confirm that he was indeed a top prospect.
In 2014, Severino went 9-13, 4.60 for Reading as he found the going a bit harder against much older competition. He gave up 169 hits in 158 1/3 innings over 27 starts, but had an excellent K/W ratio at 115/34. He made his AAA debut at the start of the 2015, season, with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the International League. He was 1-1, 3.57 after 3 starts when he got the call to the Show for the first time less than a month into the season. However, he lasted only 5 starts; while his 2-2 record was fine, his ERA of 8.69 showed that he still needed to work on things in the minor leagues, and he was sent down on June 8th, with the Phillies signing veteran Kevin Correia to take his place in the rotation.