Justus Sheffield

Born: 05/13/1996 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Arm Slot: 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: April 21st, 2016
Dates Seen: 4/17/2016
Level: High A
Affiliate: Lynchburg Hillcats
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Physical Description
Small frame; athletic build; room to develop lower and upper-body strength
Mechanical Notes
3/4 arm slot; compact delivery; middle of the rubber; hard drive off rubber; falls off to glove side after release; repeatable delivery.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2019 50 55 Role 50 - #4 Starting Pitcher/Low-end #3 Starting Pitcher Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 60 92-94 96 Average cut movement; flashes late explosiveness; shows the ability to work downhill and pitch in bottom half of the zone despite size; maintains velocity from stretch.
Average cut movement; flashes late explosiveness; shows the ability to work downhill and pitch in bottom half of the zone despite size; maintains velocity from stretch.
Slider
Slider 50 55 81-83 85 Sharp break with late tilt; shows feel to throw for a swing-and-miss offering with consistent arm speed.; shows the feel to be in/around strike zone with competitiveness.
Sharp break with late tilt; shows feel to throw for a swing-and-miss offering with consistent arm speed.; shows the feel to be in/around strike zone with competitiveness.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 50 83-85 86 Flashes tumbling action; consistent arm speed; inconsistent release points; plays up to fastball; uses only vs RHH; early stages of development; presently a below-average offering but flashes average and should improve.
Flashes tumbling action; consistent arm speed; inconsistent release points; plays up to fastball; uses only vs RHH; early stages of development; presently a below-average offering but flashes average and should improve.
Overall Summary
Sheffield currently offers a three-pitch arsenal; needs development with his secondary pitches. Fastball has average cut movement and shows the ability to locate in the bottom half of the zone. Slider is the best secondary offering; shows the ability to locate for strike; swing-and-miss offering. Slider will be highly effective against left-handed hitters. Changeup is still developing; showed flashes of feel, but is currently inconsistent. Sheffield shows two potential swing-and-miss offerings w/ his slider and developing changeup. Currently shows below average command that should develop into average. Profiles as a potential #4 starter with the potential to get to a #3 if changeup and command grades bump up to average.