Yanks adding top prospect Sheffield to pitching staff

Maybe it was a coincidence, but on a day when veteran starter CC Sabathia imploded, the struggling New York Yankees have reportedly turned to their top-rated prospect for some pitching help.

Justus Sheffield, a 22-year-old left-hander, has been promoted by the Yankees, according to the Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune. It followed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s loss to Durham in the Triple-A International League Governors’ Cup Finals.

The Yankees have not officially announced the promotion of Sheffield, who in recent weeks has pitched exclusively as a reliever.

The scouting report by MLB Pipeline said:

“Sheffield could have three plus pitches when all is said and done. His 92-97 mph fastball features some run and sink and is his most consistent offering, though his mid-80s slider may have more upside. His changeup isn’t as reliable as his first two options, yet he still shows the ability to miss bats with it. … He’s athletic and has been durable as a pro outside of his oblique injury. He improved his control in 2017 and has the potential to become a No. 3 starter.”

Sheffield, who started five games for Double-A Trenton, made 20 appearances (15 starts) at the Triple-A level this year, finishing 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 88 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while totaling 36 walks and 84 strikeouts.

The Yankees acquired Sheffield, outfielder Clint Frazier and pitchers J.P. Feyereisen and Ben Heller from the Cleveland Indians in July 2016 for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.

Sheffield was a first-round selection (31st overall) of the Indians in the 2014 MLB Draft.

–Field Level Media