Justus Sheffield Scouting Report
2 months' delay on the arb clock and then ......


Sheffield is the #31 prospect in pro baseball; Baseball America has this to add about the 22-year-old lefty:

Originally acquired in the trade that sent reliever Andrew Miller to Cleveland, Sheffield ranked as the Yankees’ top prospect. The lefthander used a mix of three pitches that each ranked as above-average or better to blitz the upper levels of New York’s system en route to his big league debut toward the end of the season.

He starts his arsenal with a fastball that sits in the low to mid-90s, and couples the pitch with a slider and changeup that each grade as 55s on the 20-to-80 scouting scale. He throws both of his offspeed pitches in the mid- to upper 80s, and he worked hard in 2018 to take a little off of each of them to add a little bit more separation. He dealt with a minor shoulder injury this year that cost him just one start.

If he can repeat his delivery a little bit better and add some finesse to his arsenal, he could fit in the middle of a rotation. Command and control issues are scouts biggest concerns with him—they led to struggles in his first big league action last September. There are scouts who believe he will fit better as an effective power reliever.


Here is an SB Nation Pinstripe Alley that asserts the Yankees were trying to push Sheffield at the D-Backs for one year of Goldschmidt as opposed to two of Paxton.

The comments are interesting and it's amusing to review whether the Yankees' fans are more set on Goldschmidt or Paxton.


ESPN has a mini-roundtable on Sheffield for Paxton, with the obvious point collecting around these sites that Sheffield is --- > a pending ML-ready pheenom.


Fantasy Hype leaves Sheffield as a lefty Marcus Stroman, possessing a "HIGH-90's" heater and "a great cheap hold in dynasty leagues" (in other words, a profitable youngster to stick in your farm system). 


And here is John Sickels from a couple of weeks ago on Sheffield.


Dr D




Welcome back to your own home, Doc!

Re: article,

From a 20,000 ft. high view, the thing I don't get is how netting the #31 prospect in MLB as our highest return, and how netting a bevy of youngsters ranked behind him brings the makings of a premier team a few years down the road. Last I checked there were 30 teams in MLB. Odds alone would suggest that we are looking ever so slightly outside in at an average "best prospect."

Granted prospect grades can change drastically during their climb to and arrival in MLB. But that cuts both ways. Perhaps Jerry is some genius who has figured out which 31-100 prospects are going to achieve better than their rating. I'm (still) waiting for any evidence that this is the case. While our 31-100 guys are busting their butts towards greatness, they will have to do so against other teams with players, sometimes multiple players rated in the top 20 or so. 

Granted it's possible that a larger volume of 31-100 guys might trump a smaller volume of 1-30's, this fact doesn't convince me that adding these guys to a gutted roster is going to help us compete with teams who already have a stacked roster and can make similar or better additions from the farm.

It will indeed be fun to see if a new generation of M's talent can break The Curse. I can't figure out if the rumbling in my gut is excitement and hope or the beginnings of another bellyache.


should be competitive by 2021.  Other than that there's just not much backup plan for prospect attrition built yet.  A Bullpen could come together and there's some hope if everyone spends the next 2 years only taking steps forward.  That's just not likely.  I don't see a '21 rotation yet let alone depth beyond the 5.

Maybe Sheffield could lead that eventually, though many are only suggesting #3 potential now.

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