2015 Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects

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7. LHP Justus Sheffield

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Sheffield is one of the more peculiar cases for an MLB pitching prospect. He stands at 5’10”, which is not your typical height for a workhorse starter, but who knows, at 18 years old he still might be growing. Considering his height, lefty-throwing arm and overall stuff, it seems like Sheffield is destined for a late-inning bullpen role, but there is still a lot of time and evaluation to be had before Sheffield reaches the big stage.

Sheffield, less than a year removed from high school, already has some eye-opening stuff. His best two pitches have to be his fastball that has maxed out at 94 MPH and a sharply-breaking curve that he normally throws in the upper 70’s. With some improvement in the Minors, Sheffield could be looking at a solid pitch arsenal in the next 3-4 years.

The 18-year-old had a fair debut in the Arizona Fall League, making 4 starts and 4 relief appearances. Sheffield finished with a 3-1 record, 4.79 ERA, 29 K, and 9 BB. Maybe the most encouraging stat, he allowed no home runs in nearly 21 innings pitched.

 

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