A first-round pick in 2014 from Tennessee, the left-handed starting pitcher has climbed the ranks in the Yankees organization and become a possible piece of the puzzle as New York reportedly tries to land Machado from the O’s.
On Wednesday alone, there were conflicting reports as to whether Sheffield, a Triple-A starter, was part of a trade package the Yankees offered the Orioles in exchange for their superstar shortstop.
With Baltimore in need of young starting pitching it can rebuild around, Sheffield would be a slam-dunk addition. But the Yankees like Sheffield’s trajectory and are looking for starting pitching themselves, so bringing him to the Bronx sooner rather than later makes some sense.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
Potential trade partners will get an up-close look at Sheffield during Sunday’s Futures Game at Nationals Park. An annual exhibition that offers an early look at the next crop of rising major league stars, the Futures Game has helped launch some big league careers. Last year, current MLB regulars Ronald Acuna Jr., Rhys Hoskins and Rafael Devers competed in the game.
One of the Yankees’ most venerable active pitchers is already singing the praises of his team’s lone Futures Game rep.
“What I saw during spring training,” CC Sabathia said of Sheffield, “he could pitch in the big leagues and be a great starter.”
Based off the reports he has heard about Sheffield’s most recent performances for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Sabathia believes it won’t be long before the player he considers a little brother is on a big league roster.
And Sabathia would be happiest if Sheffield came up in pinstripes.
“I hope that he gets up here soon,” Sabathia said. “If his stuff is there … it would give us a boost, for sure.”
Sheffield — who was traded to New York at the 2016 deadline as part of a move that sent reliever Andrew Miller to eventual AL champion Cleveland — has a 4-5 record and 2.44 ERA in 16 starts between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He opened the year with the Yankees at spring training: In 5 1/3 innings across three spring appearances, he allowed six hits and seven runs and struck out four.
Although the numbers weren’t impressive, something caught Sabathia’s attention.nfl cheap nike jerseys
“Just electric stuff. His slider wipes off the table. His fastball is good,” Sabathia said. “He’s just got to get the command down.”
Sheffield’s command and control have appeared to improve as of late. He’s lasting deeper into games, allowing fewer runs and giving up fewer walks. He had one three-walk game since June 14 after four such outings in his previous seven starts, and he has surrendered just two runs in his past 18 1/3 innings — a span of three starts.