Justus Sheffield: The Yankees Weapon in the American League Arms Race

It’s about that time of season where every fan base overreacts to team needs and every team is quickly shuffled in to either buyers or sellers. Instead of giving up talent that may be regrettably moved for a starter that may simply be a rental, why not stay local and give a homegrown talent a chance? New York Yankees’ Justus Sheffield is ready to fill the void that Domingo German has now vacated, and give the Bombers the young life and stability they so very much need.

The Yankees might be buyers, but they also have Justus Sheffield:

With the Yankees becoming obvious buyers in a division where the Red Sox just don’t seem to lose, a stable starter is a must to propel the Yankees out of the Wild Card game. However in an already thin market, selling teams won’t hesitate to jack up the price for their valued arms, knowing some of these are absolutely desperate for another starter. The sense of urgency has increased for the Yankees now that they need an answer to the Red Sox trading for Nathan Eovoldi:

So instead of overpaying for a starter that may be effective, why not rely on someone that is ready for the step up anyway?

Sheffield: The Cream of the Crop

In an insanely loaded Yankees farm system, Sheffield has found himself to be the number one ranked Yankees prospect by MLBpipeline, and for good reason. Sheffield started the season in AA but was quickly promoted to Scranton after just 5 games. In his 12 games in AAA (11 games started), Justus has accumulated 60 strikeouts, and only allowed 17 earned runs in just under 63 innings pitched for an ERA of 2.44. He has walked 25 batters, which could be of a little concern. However, he knows how to work himself out of trouble, a quality very much coveted in the big leagues.


You have a farm system for a reason. For moments like these when your team is in need of a spark to carry your team in the right direction. Now is the right time to call up Justus Sheffield.

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