New York Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield hopes he’ll be the next “Baby Bomber” to make an impact with the Bronx Bombers this summer. But until then, the 21-year-old lefty continues to dominate at the minor league level. Sheffield’s 2017 season not only impressed the Yankees front office, it also earned him a spot on MLB’s Top 10 LHP prospects.
Sheffield and outfielder Clint Frazier were traded to the Yankees in exchange for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller in 2016. Since then, Sheffield worked on his control, which paid off in 2017; he was 7-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts for the Double-A Trenton Thunder. He also pitched in the Arizona Fall League, but his time was limited due to an oblique injury. Nevertheless, the lefty went 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
“I saw a lot of positives. It seems like the Yankees saw a lot of positives out of me this year also,” Sheffield said. “I definitely had a great time going out to the [Arizona] Fall League. That was big for me, just getting to go back out there and get my innings back under me, facing those higher-type guys and actually get out there and compete.
“I think I was just hungry to get back on the field, missing those two months. I thought I was going to get a few innings in before the playoffs; it ended up not working out that way. I think going to the Fall League [helped], just being hungry and getting to go out on the field and compete again, against those top guys. It’s time to play ball.”