Yankees’ Luis Severino rips automated strike zone: ‘It sucks’

new York Yankees Pitcher Luis Severino has made his feelings about the automatic strike zone pretty clear.

“It sucks,”; Severino said.

Minor League Baseball Clubs at the Triple-A Level Electronic strike zone implemented for the 2023 season. Severino began minor league rehab earlier this month and got a firsthand feel of how it works.

“It’s too short,” Severino elaborated. “A hitter can stand there and not swing and be [at] 3-1 every time he’s up.”


Luis Severino of the New York Yankees pitches in the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on May 21, 2023. (Dylan Buell / Getty Images)

mlb There has been no indication that the automatic strike zone will be used at the major league level any time soon. But, sometime in the next few years, the technology may make its way to larger companies.

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Baseball Has Seen Some Big Changes Lately implementation of a pitch clockBig bases and a ban on infield shifts in the big leagues this season.

In previous seasons, teams in the league automatically placed a runner on second base to start the top and bottom of extra innings.

Severino’s teammate Ryan Webber also expressed his displeasure over the size of the automatic strike zone.

Luis Severino smiles before the game

Luis Severino of the New York Yankees smiles before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2023 in New York, New York. (New York Yankees / Getty Images)

But Weber also pointed out that the current system doesn’t account for pitches on the edges of the strike zone.

“I go [from] East to west [on the plate] and use the bottom of the zone,” Webber said. “I was ready to [the new system] And figured my slider and sinker would clip the zone, and I got nothing.”

Weber made the challenge call twice, but he was unsuccessful in both instances.

“I’ve thrown enough pitches to know what’s a ball and what’s a strike, and they were both strikes,” Webber said. “I really hope it doesn’t get here. It’s getting sneaky close.”

The automatic ball-strike system would be used for the remainder of the minor league season, with MLB continuing to test the system.

Luis Severino pitches for the Yankees

Luis Severino of the New York Yankees pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 21, 2023 in Cincinnati. (Dylan Buell / Getty Images)

But Severino said he wants ABS to undergo some significant changes before it can be tackled again.

“I don’t know how they measure it, but it’s not high enough,” Severino said of the strike zone. “You have to throw it over the middle and down in the zone. [Justin] verlander There is a monster in the throw at the top of the field. How can you narrow it down and have a Hall of Famer like him not throw his four-seamer?”

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In the meantime, Severino hopes to avoid pitching at the minor league level for the rest of this season.

“Hopefully, it won’t be here for seven or eight [years] And I’ll stay in my house, retired,” Severino said with a laugh.