Severino got a chance to contribute last year down the stretch at the big league level because of the ACL injury for Wilson Ramos. The 23-year-old got to play in 16 games with the Nats and hit .321 (6-for-28) with two home runs and four RBI’s. Both of his home runs came against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He had the chance to play in the playoffs against the Dodgers and had a hit against Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 (double) and ended up scoring on a Trea Turner sacrifice fly. Now, he likely will start the 2017 season at triple-A Syracuse after the Nats traded for Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton is the backup catcher.
During the 2016 season, Severino got the chance to catch for the full year at Syracuse. He had a slash line of .271/.316/.337 with two home runs and 21 RBI’s. In his 19 games before he promoted, he did hit .299.
While Severino is known for throwing out baserunners, his caught stealing percentage was only at 22% at triple-A. If that number improves, he can be the catcher of the future of this franchise (as long as he’s not traded).
If he stays with the Washington Nationals going into spring training, he will at least get the chance to continue to learn how to receive pitches from the likes of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Severino has made contributions in his brief stints in the Majors over the past two years. It’s only a matter of time before he gets a chance to make major contributions at the next level.