Prospect Watch: Justus Sheffield

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 Today, Justus Sheffield is the man of the hour, as he just completed his first Tampa Yankee start. He was in the Indians high Single-A team this year, but was just moved to New York for dominant reliever Andrew Miller. He is the Yankees seventh best overall rated prospect.

 Now, Sheffield is a southpaw that has all the tools to become a solid starter for the Yankees. He will take a few years, but he will be worth the wait. 

 Furthermore, between both the Indians and Yankees high Single-A seasons, Sheffield has combined his stats to come out and shown a dominant 8-5 record, plus a solid mid 3.45 ERA. In 20 starts, he has punched out 104 batters and thrown 101.1 innings. 

 In addition, his first start for the Yankees was a blast, as he picked up the win. He struck out 11 batters in six innings allowing only two hits and walking one batter. That was a nice outing for the 20-year-old southpaw to display in front of his new organization. 

 Finally, his arsenal includes a nice 92-93 mph fastball that can reach up to 96 mph. His changeup has made great strides and his curveball is his best breaking ball, which will be his swing-and-miss pitch at each level. He needs to continue to improve on his command, as he has walked 41 batters this year. 

 Projection: a future starter for the Yankees. Middle of the rotation type of pitcher.

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