In what feels like an eternity, the New York Yankees are finally calling up their top pitching prospect, Justus Sheffield.
Justus Sheffield has been promoted to the Yankees. Domingo Germán, too.
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Splitting time in Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton, Sheffield posted a 7-6 record with a 2.48 ERA. He was moved to the bullpen down the stretch in preparation for a potential callup come Septemeber.
Acquired in the Andrew Miller trade with the Cleaveland Indians back in 2016, the 22-year-old quickly became one of the Yankees top prospects. Entering 2018, Sheffield was number three on the Yankees’ top 10 prospects list according to MLB.com.
Do not expect Sheffield to make an impact on the starting rotation right away. The Yankees will look at him as primarily a left-handed weapon out of the bullpen right away. He made five relief appearances in Scranton’s regular season, and three more appearances in the postseason. In those three postseason outings, he posted a 3.60 ERA in five innings.
Calling up a top prospect always brings some level of excitement, just look to how Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have been received this year. Even if Sheffield’s role is a limited one, Yankee fans should embrace him considering they have waited so long to hear his name in the Bronx.
Joining Sheffield to the Bronx is Domingo German. German won’t be a stranger to pitching in the big leagues after making 19 appearances, 13 starts, for the Yankees earlier in the season.
German was inconsistent during his short stint with the Bombers. He had some quality starts filling in for the injured Jordan Montgomery but, still needed time in the minors. In four games in the minors, German has posted a 7.56 ERA.
Sheffield and German will make some sort of impact on the Yankees down the stretch. Both have great arms and look to help the Yankees secure the first Wild Card spot.