Althought the left handed pitcher Justus Sheffield is still very young, he quickly became one of the Yankees' top prospects, and attends this spring training to show that he's ready and fight for a place in the Major Leagues.
In an interview with Brendan Kuty for NJ.com, Sheffield said on Wednesday "I hope to go out there and compete and show that I can pitch at the big-league level. I believe that I can."
Baseball America ranks him as the 3rd best prospect in the Yankees organization and Baseball Prospectus rates him as 4th. However, ESPN's Keith Law puts him as the second best prospect in the Bronx.
Sheffield was aquired via trade by New York in 2016 from the Indians, spent last season in the Minors at the Arizona Fall League, where he went 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA in five starts, striking out 22 and walking three in 20 1/3 innings.
Sheffield also recognizes the role that veteran pitcher C.C. Sabathia has played in his development as a pitcher and as a person.
All last season. He'll text me, asking how I'm doing. I'll ask him, ask how he's doing. After a game or something, I'll tell him he looked great and stuff like that. He's been a big help for me. Especially during the winter. I could hit him up at any time. I can hit him up with anything I need to ask and he would hit me up immediately. He's been a big help for me ever since I met him.
He's expected to begin the season with the Double A side Trenton, where the Yankees expectthat the pitcher can finish his development as a Big League's pitcher.