JOHN SEVER
LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: July 26, 1993
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 20th Round, 611th Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Bethune-Cookman University
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Sever pitched for three different college teams in three years.  He spent 2012 with Erskine College in South Carolina, an NCAA Division II school, and 2013 with Daytona State College, which competes in athletics as a junior college.  He transferred to Bethune-Cookman for 2014.  Baseball America ranked him as the fourth best prospect in the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2013, but did not list him among the top 500 draft prospects in 2014.  BA did, however, rate him 73rd on its list of the top 98 draft prospects in Florida.  His fastball sometimes gets into the low-90s, but he needs to develop a useful secondary pitch and also work on his command.  He obviously had significant control issues in 2014.  The Pirates no doubt like his height.  Although he had a year of eligibility left, Sever signed quickly.

2014
R+:  1-3-1, 1.33 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 40.2 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 13.9 K/9

Sever had a standout debut with Bristol, including an extremely high K rate.  It has to be borne in mind, though, that he was pitching below his experience level.  He pitched in relief until late in the season, when the Pirates gave him three starts.  When he had problems, it was generally due to control issues.

The Pirates will probably move Sever up to full season ball, possibly even Bradenton, in 2015.  It’ll be some time before it’s clear whether his 2014 numbers were for real or were the result of him taking advantage of less experienced hitters.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2014 3-5-3 20 7 56.0 50 1 35 47 1.52 4.34
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round, 611th overall pick; signed on June 12.