Justus Sheffield

Born: 05/13/1996 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 200
Primary Position: LHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd. (#31 overall), 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CLE); Traded to NYY 7/31/2016; Traded to SEA 11/19/2018
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: July 28th, 2016
Dates Seen: 7/25
Level: High A
Affiliate: Lynchburg Hillcats
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Physical Description
Thick lower half, broad shoulders. Strong, muscular frame.
Mechanical Notes
Medium arm circle; long in back with small wrap; athletic effort. Abbreviated windup with high leg lift. Has some effort, not overly smooth as he delivers the ball. 1.14/1.11 to home with slide step.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2019 40 50 Role 50: #4 Starter Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 60 60 91-94 95 Gets life in the zone, ball jumps, late hop. Fairly straight, occasional flat run, tail to arm side; some ride up in the zone. Gets extended and has ability to locate glove side, but can be inconsistent and have stretches where he will miss out over the plate.
Gets life in the zone, ball jumps, late hop. Fairly straight, occasional flat run, tail to arm side; some ride up in the zone. Gets extended and has ability to locate glove side, but can be inconsistent and have stretches where he will miss out over the plate.
Slider
Slider 45 55 84-87 87 Tight rotation, 3/4 break with hard bite for put-away. Has feel to go back door and will take hitters out of zone with it; likes to bury down/in to RHH.
Tight rotation, 3/4 break with hard bite for put-away. Has feel to go back door and will take hitters out of zone with it; likes to bury down/in to RHH.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 45 55 81-86 87 Firm, circle fade; adds/subtracts, will dial up some dive for put-away. Deception in the arm action, chance to get to above average.
Firm, circle fade; adds/subtracts, will dial up some dive for put-away. Deception in the arm action, chance to get to above average.
Overall Command
Overall Command 30 45  
Overall Control
Overall Control 30 45  
Overall Summary
Left-handed starter with a plus fastball and a chance to have two above-average secondary pitches. Has some athletic effort in the delivery and arm action, but should smooth out has he gets more innings under his belt. Aggressive in the zone with the fastball and is able to throw both slider and changeup for strikes; has an idea/plan, but inconsistent execution presently. Will need to learn to throttle up and back more effectively overall; got away from the changeup later in the outing and got predictable with the harder stuff. Slider has chance to be a weapon vs. both RHH and LHH. Has some swagger and poise; maintained stuff deep into outing. Will need to see gains in fastball command and further development of changeup to stick in rotation. Compares to Derek Holland (RHSP, TEX) at the major league level.