There are many kids in the Yankees’ system utterly dominating minor league baseball. 20-year old Justus Sheffield, however, is making this whole “pitching” thing look easy.
The lefty was drafted in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Daft by the Cleveland Indians and found his way to the Yankees’ farm system in the deal that sent Andrew Miller to a contender.
Sheffield has been so dominant since coming over, he has made his way from High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton in just five starts.
In Tampa, he struck out 27 batters in 26 innings of work en route to a 3-1 record and a 1.73 ERA in five starts.
After earning a promotion to the Thunder, he made the transition an easy one by going four shutout innings while only allowing two hits and striking out nine. Yes, NINE strikeouts in just four innings.
Sheffield’s last start was made yesterday, which means his next start is scheduled four days from now so he very well could make a start when Green’s spot comes up but it all depends on if New York wants this kid to take a Chris Sale-like route to the majors.
Sale had a mere 12 minor league appearances and only one start before earning a promotion to the Chicago White Sox and immediately dominated.
No, this is not deeming Justus will become the next Chris Sale and the general idea of having this kid come up so quick may be ridiculous, but during the youth movement that is currently going on: why not let the phenom take center stage?