JUSTUS SHEFFIELD TO THE MAJORS
New York Yankees May Not Have Pitching They Need In 2018
Bronx Bombers Beseeching Better Bullpen!
Potentially, and probably heading into the Oakland Athletics Rickey Henderson Field for the wildcard game the Yankees are seeking answers to problematic pitching in the middle relief. They are reportedly going to bolster the pen with Justus Sheffield the New York Yankees top prospect as they hold on to hopes of making the top wild card bid.
Justus Sheffield a left-handed pitcher is coming to the show after being moved to the bullpen and allowing only 2 runs in 13 ⅓ innings in AAA Baseball. The move to the bullpen was a recent one from the starting rotation. One could only assume it was to prepare for October baseball in the Bronx.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was a great team this year losing game 5 of the International League Championship Series to the Durham Bulls. Only 3 weeks ago Sheffield was moved to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pitching Bullpen leaving Professional Baseball Pitching Analysts waiting for confirmation of Sheffield’s move to the majors for a potential New York Yankee’s World Series Run.
From a Professional Baseball Pitching Analytics viewpoint, Sheffield is definitely a diamond in the rough. Owning a high-powered fastball and a slew of complimentary off-speed pitches from a max effort energy level. Without serious growth, MLB hitters will get the front foot down and drive the ball off of the southpaw. Allowing 50 walks in 123 innings in AA & AAA leads to the stretch where late movement on pitches are rare to common. MLB scouts are predicting that Sheffield may not ever be polished enough for the Ace role in the New York Yankees Pitching Rotation but will definitely provide a great long reliever arm at a minimum for years to come in the pinstripes.
Scranton Times-Tribune First reported the call-up shortly after the defeat today. The New York Yankees have seemed eager to move Sheffield to the MLB club as he has progressed greatly throughout the year as he’s posted a 2.36 ERA between Double A Trenton and AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre this year. Opposing Minor League batters were only able to .195 batting average against the southpaw. He owned minor league with 123 strikeouts in 116 Innings.