Justus Sheffield

Born: 05/13/1996 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Arm Slot:
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
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: June 27th, 2018
Dates Seen: June 27, 2018
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Short w/ athletic and muscular body. Powerful core and lower half.
Mechanical Notes
Semi-windup; slow tempo through leg kick, then speeds up as he goes forward; strong drop-and-drive push off the rubber, effort in finish that pulls off-line. Fast, strong H3/4 slot w/ recoil after release. Will tone down mechanics as he learns he doesn't have to go 100% on each pitch.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2019 45 50 Mid-Rotation Starter High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Range Comments
Fastball Value
Overall Fastball Value 45 55 LH velo can make FB above-avg pitch if movement and command refine.
LH velo can make FB above-avg pitch if movement and command refine.
Fastball Velocity 60 60 93-94 93-97 Generates plus velo w/ some effort; holds 93-95 deep into outings, touching 96-97 at best.
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Movement
Fastball Movement 45 45 Firm life w/ occasional short run, though fairly straight overall and can run into barrels over the plate.
Firm life w/ occasional short run, though fairly straight overall and can run into barrels over the plate.
Fastball Command
Fastball Command 40 50 Flashes low strikes, especially gloveside, but fights delivery at times and can lose location within the zone. Command will improve as delivery tones down.
Flashes low strikes, especially gloveside, but fights delivery at times and can lose location within the zone. Command will improve as delivery tones down.
Curveball
Curveball 40 40 81 81-82 Wrinkles a true CB for a second look. Surprise pitch, not big part of his arsenal.
Wrinkles a true CB for a second look. Surprise pitch, not big part of his arsenal.
Slider
Slider 50 55 87 86-88 Power high-80s slider w/ late sharp action. Will throw to both RHH/LHH, backdoors it to righties w/ feel. Bread-and-butter pitch, separator, big league pitch right now, future above-avg, especially tough to LHH.
Power high-80s slider w/ late sharp action. Will throw to both RHH/LHH, backdoors it to righties w/ feel. Bread-and-butter pitch, separator, big league pitch right now, future above-avg, especially tough to LHH.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 50 87-88 87-90 Firm changeup, overthrows and needs to take something off; usually has short, late action and can run into his FB; flashes more tumble and dive at best, hinting pitch could be future average w/ more development.
Firm changeup, overthrows and needs to take something off; usually has short, late action and can run into his FB; flashes more tumble and dive at best, hinting pitch could be future average w/ more development.
Control
Control 40 50 Fiery and competitive mound presence. Throws FB and SL for strikes in best sequences, though loses the zone at times and can fall behind in counts. High-character player w/ the makeup and athleticism to keep improving.
Fiery and competitive mound presence. Throws FB and SL for strikes in best sequences, though loses the zone at times and can fall behind in counts. High-character player w/ the makeup and athleticism to keep improving.
Attribute Present Future
Delivery Below Average Average
Athleticism Plus Plus
Pitchability Average Average
Mound Presence Plus Plus
Overall Summary
Ingredients of mid-rotation lefty SP if mechanics and pitchability refine. FB/SL could play up in short stints, could fall back into a 'pen role if it doesn't click in rotation.