Future Watch: Justus Sheffield Rookie Baseball Cards, Mariners

Future Watch: Justus Sheffield Rookie Baseball Cards, MarinersFuture Watch: Justus Sheffield Rookie Baseball Cards, MarinersJustus Sheffield was drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the 31st overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft. He’s on a journey.

In 2014, he was 3-1 in rookie ball to start off his career. Then in 2015, he was 9-4 for the Lake County Captains in Class-A.

In July of 2016, he was traded to the New York Yankees. A kid out of Tennessee had a chance to play in the Bronx.

In 2017, he got as high as Double-A with a 7-6 record and 3.18 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings for the Trenton Thunder.

In November of 2018, he was traded to Seattle in the James Paxton trade.

He has a 2017 Bowman Baseball Chrome Prospects Autographs card and that’s a good way to get him into your collection.

Now 23, the lefty has had a rough start with the Mariners. Put him on your watch list many expect that he’ll right the ship and then have a nice pro career.

According to his MLB.com draft profile:

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. Throwing strikes consistently remains a challenge for Sheffield, as he regressed with his control in 2018 after making strides the previous year. Though Sheffield is a little shorter than desired for a starter, he still creates downhill plane with his delivery and doesn’t throw with excessive effort. His athleticism and durability aid his chances of becoming a No. 3 starter, though he’ll need to make further gains with his control and refine his changeup to reach that potential. ETA NOW.

Here is a look at him in action:

Future Watch: Justus Sheffield Rookie Baseball Cards, Mariners – Stats

Register Pitching
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA RA9 G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2014 18 -2.4 Indians ARIZ Rk CLE 3 1 .750 4.79 6.97 8 4 0 0 0 0 20.2 24 16 11 0 9 0 29 1 0 4 94 1.597 10.5 0.0 3.9 12.6 3.22
2015 19 -2.9 Lake County MIDW A CLE 9 4 .692 3.31 4.23 26 26 0 0 0 0 127.2 135 60 47 8 38 0 138 2 2 12 555 1.355 9.5 0.6 2.7 9.7 3.63
2016 20 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-AA CLE 10 6 .625 3.09 3.38 25 25 0 0 0 0 125.1 107 47 43 6 53 0 129 4 1 12 526 1.277 7.7 0.4 3.8 9.3 2.43
2016 20 -4.5 Trenton EL AA NYY 0 0 0.00 2.25 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 2 1 0 0 3 0 9 0 0 0 19 1.250 4.5 0.0 6.8 20.3 3.00
2016 20 -2.9 Lynchburg CARL A+ CLE 7 5 .583 3.59 3.78 19 19 0 0 0 0 95.1 91 40 38 6 40 0 93 4 1 9 408 1.374 8.6 0.6 3.8 8.8 2.33
2016 20 -3.1 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 3 1 .750 1.73 2.08 5 5 0 0 0 0 26.0 14 6 5 0 10 0 27 0 0 3 99 0.923 4.8 0.0 3.5 9.3 2.70
2017 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-Rk NYY 7 7 .500 3.12 4.04 19 19 0 1 1 0 98.0 98 44 34 14 34 1 88 3 0 8 423 1.347 9.0 1.3 3.1 8.1 2.59
2017 21 -3.3 Trenton EL AA NYY 7 6 .538 3.18 4.15 17 17 0 1 1 0 93.1 94 43 33 14 33 1 82 3 0 8 405 1.361 9.1 1.4 3.2 7.9 2.48
2017 21 0.5 Yankees West GULF Rk NYY 0 1 .000 1.93 1.93 2 2 0 0 0 0 4.2 4 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 18 1.071 7.7 0.0 1.9 11.6 6.00
2017 21 -2.5 Scottsdale AZFL Fal 2 2 .500 3.10 3.54 5 5 0 0 0 0 20.1 14 8 7 0 3 0 22 0 0 3 76 0.836 6.2 0.0 1.3 9.7 7.33
2018 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA NYY 7 6 .538 2.48 2.87 25 20 0 0 0 0 116.0 82 37 32 4 50 0 123 1 0 3 475 1.138 6.4 0.3 3.9 9.5 2.46
2018 22 -6.6 NYY AL MLB NYY 0 0 10.13 10.13 3 0 2 0 0 0 2.2 4 3 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 14 2.625 13.5 3.4 10.1 0.0 0.00
2018 22 -4.2 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 6 4 .600 2.56 2.86 20 15 0 0 0 0 88.0 66 28 25 3 36 0 84 1 0 2 363 1.159 6.8 0.3 3.7 8.6 2.33
2018 22 -2.4 Trenton EL AA NYY 1 2 .333 2.25 2.89 5 5 0 0 0 0 28.0 16 9 7 1 14 0 39 0 0 1 112 1.071 5.1 0.3 4.5 12.5 2.79
2019 23 -5.8 SEA AL MLB SEA 0 0 6.00 6.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 2 2 2 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 14 2.000 6.0 3.0 12.0 9.0 0.75
2019 23 -3.8 Tacoma PCL AAA SEA 2 5 .286 5.74 6.58 12 11 0 0 0 0 53.1 52 39 34 9 40 0 46 1 0 4 250 1.725 8.8 1.5 6.8 7.8 1.15
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA RA9 G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
MLB (2 seasons) MLB 0 0 7.94 7.94 4 0 2 0 0 0 5.2 6 5 5 2 7 0 3 0 0 1 28 2.294 9.5 3.2 11.1 4.8 0.43
Minors (6 seasons) Minors 38 29 .567 3.34 4.04 115 105 0 1 1 0 541.0 498 243 201 41 224 1 553 12 3 43 2323 1.335 8.3 0.7 3.7 9.2 2.47
All Levels (6 Seasons) 40 31 .563 3.38 4.06 124 110 2 1 1 0 567.0 518 256 213 43 234 1 578 12 3 47 2427 1.326 8.2 0.7 3.7 9.2 2.47
AAA (2 seasons) Minors 8 9 .471 3.76 4.27 32 26 0 0 0 0 141.1 118 67 59 12 76 0 130 2 0 6 613 1.373 7.5 0.8 4.8 8.3 1.71
AA (3 seasons) Minors 8 8 .500 2.87 3.81 23 23 0 1 1 0 125.1 112 53 40 15 50 1 130 3 0 9 536 1.293 8.0 1.1 3.6 9.3 2.60
A+ (1 season) Minors 10 6 .625 3.19 3.41 24 24 0 0 0 0 121.1 105 46 43 6 50 0 120 4 1 12 507 1.277 7.8 0.4 3.7 8.9 2.40
Rk (2 seasons) Minors 3 2 .600 4.26 6.04 10 6 0 0 0 0 25.1 28 17 12 0 10 0 35 1 0 4 112 1.500 9.9 0.0 3.6 12.4 3.50
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/13/2019.

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