The Mariners are releasing left-hander Justus Sheffield from Triple-A Tacoma, tweets Rainiers’ director of media relations Paul Braverman. The southpaw had already been taken off the 40-man roster over the offseason but had remained in the system after going unclaimed on outright waivers.
Sheffield had been hit very hard through his first 10 outings in Tacoma. He’s allowed 17 runs over 8 1/3 innings, walking 11 batters with only four strikeouts. Given that production, he surely wasn’t on the radar for an imminent look at the MLB level. Seattle will instead officially part ways with the 26-year-old hurler, a disappointing conclusion to a four-plus year tenure in the organization.
The M’s first acquired Sheffield from the Yankees in the James Paxton trade over the 2018-19 offseason. One of the game’s top pitching prospects at the time of the deal, Sheffield was regarded by many prospect evaluators as a potential mid-rotation starter. He was the headlining piece of the trade return, though righty Erik Swanson wound up outperforming him after moving to the bullpen.
Sheffield struggled in a brief look in 2019 but flashed some of that promise during the shortened 2020 campaign. Sheffield had a 3.58 ERA through 10 starts that year, inducing ground balls at a quality 50.6% clip. Over the past two seasons, though, the former first round draftee has allowed over six earned runs per nine innings at the MLB level. His ERA was pushing 7.00 over 24 starts in Triple-A last season.
That led to him clearing waivers in January, preceding his immense struggles through this season’s first month. He’ll hit the open market in search of a new landing spot, which would assuredly be via minor league contract.
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KC should be stockpiling potential talent like Sheffield.
Or they could just stockpile real talent like good teams do. Look at the Rays and Guardians – similar markets, consistently good product.
Unlike bottom of the barrel Detroit. Never ending rebuild city.
He should try KBO or NPB and get some confidence back. Theres a limit on foreign player of 3 i believe but maybe he could try to get on the same team as Bauer, that team should have a good run this year and Bauer could help him with his pitching game
Bauer will get deported as soon as he gets too rough donkeypunching a woman over there.
Hahahahaha donkey punching, man that was the funniest comment of the day
“…He’ll hit the open market in search of a new landing spot, which would assuredly be via minor league contract.”
Or the A’s.
So a minor league contract
And minor league team
Yes, Ducey, that was the joke
Who are a minor league team
Tampa will sign him, teach him the sweeper, and he’ll win the CY Young in 2025.
He said sweeper!!!!!
If any Org can show a Pitcher “the sweeper” its Seattle! They turned around the career of Paul Sewald and always seem to find guys like Penn Murfee- his sweeper has hitters checking their bats for holes cut out on the barrel! MLB is like the PGA Tour in that so few players can actually stay at the top
Just another example of an overhyped prospect flaming out
Yes. That’s baseball. Tons of top prospects fizzle or flame out.
MOST top prospects fizzle or flame out. Only 20% of top 100 prospects become major league average over their careers.
Was he ever significantly hyped? I don’t recall him ever being a Top 100 league prospects but just a Top 30 organization prospect.
You look at the amount of hype a prospect gets and the sheer number of prospects that get hyped – mathematically, a huge percentage have to fall below expectations.
He was top 50 for MLB and top 25 for BA.
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In 2018 he was the Yankees #3 & #48 overall according to MLB.com. He was ahead of no-name pitching prospects like Max Fried, Corbin Burnes & Jesus Luzardo. Not in that order
It’s crazy that Cleveland traded Sheffield and Clint Frazier to get Andrew Miller, and JP Feyereisen still might have been the best player they gave up in that trade. Just another example of how unpredictable prospects are
JP Feyereisen was with Cleveland? And then New York? Before Milwaukee? Down a rabbit hole I go
No surprise here.
Justus just never lived up to his early promise.
Some players, pitch or position either one, do pan out and some just never do live up to our expectations. I had high hopes for Justus and raved about him back when we had the comments section on Shannon Drayer’s articles..
This new guy Jose Caballero, for example, seems to be already panning out.
Hard to explain. Maybe I jinxed Justus Sheffield; that has occurred to me.
But I don’t want to jinx “the ccowboy” Caballero so I won’t rave too much.
Come to the Cardinals!!
The Yankees have the most overrated prospects I don’t know how Cashman keeps fooling people
He only passed through the Yankees system. He was an Indians prospect to begin with.
@joe, its an endless cycle of people throwing shade just to do it, moreso without facts or a moderate baseball IQ.
I remember Yankees fans saying they should have got more for such a super star. Others that he shouldn’t be traded at all. Everything Yankees is overhyped.
@slydevil. You are being stupid if you don’t think every team has fans that say things like that about their young talent.
@sly, do you say that about the Cowboys or Lakers/Celtics?
it is a combination of historical success (lakers/celtics) and a large media and fan base(cowboys). I mean, imagine the audacity of the Yankees self appointing themselves “America’s team’.
Real baseball and Yankee fans would be first out to say they haven’t been comfortable with the Yankee roster building over the past decade. But why fault fans of teams wanting to see their young players succeed?
Yes. You’re right. The ONLY top prospects that fail are NYY prospects. Got any stock tips?
do the opposite of Jim Cramer 🙂
@jizmean, yeah almost as bad as someone having an opinion based on incorrect information
Has potential to be ok.
Well the Mariners still have Teoscar Hernandez on the roster from that entire mess. So in effect, it was Paxton for Teoscar….but we weren’t able to enjoy any fruits of that trade until now. Money in the bank?? I guess that’s how you have to look at it when you trade stars for prospects.
I don’t know about you but I enjoyed the Swanson part of that trade last season.
My lasting memory of Justus Sheffield will be when I had great seats looking down the left field line at T-Mobile and got to see Giancarlo Stanton hit a 300 mph line drive homer that probably dented the left field bleacher facade. It was seriously impressive even against my team.
But that was Justus in a nutshell, he threw hard but when he missed his spots (which was most of the time) he missed in the middle of the zone.
Hey Mariners offense, you just wasted a complete game from George Kirby, wake the hell up. It’s 2022 all over again. Which was 2021 all over again.
Today was rough. I thought for sure when they pulled Strahm so early that it would be the deciding factor in the game and we would get to their bullpen. Cudos to Thomson for playing that perfectly. JP looks fantastic, Jarred’s at bats were fine this series, everybody else is not in sync.
And just to think, Cleveland passed on Jack Flaherty…. Prospects so unpredictable
Yankee prospects are always overrated
Yup. Only the top NYY prospects fail. All the others become generatioanl talents.
Surely, only NYY prospects don’t make it big. No other teams have any misses at all!
I don’t see anywhere that vikingbluejay said *only* Yankees prospects fail, but for some reason “both” of you oddly jumped to the same reach of a conclusion.
@myacct, its because it was the 3rd or 4th reply saying the same thing and a constant generalization written for anything Yankees. It’s just like the unoriginal people still posting about ‘How Clint Frazier and Andujar couldn’t get Trout or any top player’ in a trade.
It’s a generalization because a large number of Yankees fans are extremely vocal about their prospects and a large number also suggest absurd trade offers. I don’t have anything against the Yankees or their fans, but I haven’t seen half as many trade suggestions for a single player as I have for Frazier, Andujar, or Florial.
Anyone jumping to conclusions based on this statement is just projecting.
@myacct, I totally agree with the absurd video game like trades and it certainly has truth to some degree. I also facepalm when I see those. But on the opposite, the people who go out of there way to continue beating this poor horse on any yankee related news is also non value adding. Not implying you are, just in general.
Jope- I won’t disagree with that, that’s a fair assessment of the situation.
Yankee fans told me that he was the next Pedro Martinez. Greg Bird, Refsnyder, Deivi Garcia, Estevan Florial, Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler. Other than Judge the Yankees can’t develop MLB level talent
Yes. Only Yankees fans speak highly of their prospects.
Utah- where did they say only yankees fans speak highly of their prospects? Oh, that’s right, they didn’t. yankees fans do seem to overhype, and be more vocal about, their prospects than most fans.
@grn, New York is a very competitive society and city, so it bleeds through in the fanbase. Also wanting to see young kids succeed and do well, perhaps more vocally, shouldn’t be misinterpreted as overhyped. Now I will give credence to the fact some fans hype without rational or logic, but I think you can find them for any team.
@jope- well, I did say “seem to”… I agree that you can find them for most any team, but Utah was calling out LFG for saying only Yankees fans do it, which LFG clearly didn’t say.
Hyping your prospects is a natural thing for fans to do. It’s the promise of the future. Yankee fans tend to be louder and/or more forceful than fans of other teams, which makes their hype stand out. Same thing applies for several Northeast teams, including the Sox, Mets, and Phils.
I’m a lifelong, diehard fan that always looked at prospects as just that, prospects and until they came up and proved themselves I could care less about what they did in the minors. Sure they’re fun to watch but not worth it, for me, to get invested in them before they make to the bigs. Too each their own, but if you’re going to be loud and obnoxious about your prospects you better be ready to get called out for it.
He’s consistently gotten worse every year. His stuff at one point was deemed to be average to above average; but it’s been a vertical nosedive for him since that nice run in 2020.
Someone will kick the tires and pick him up. For his sake, he’d probably be doing himself a favor if signed with Tampa or Cleveland, might as well get a full makeover from two teams that can rebuild pitchers.
Looked really good in 2020, looked like he had blossomed into the big hype prospect he was meant to be but then just cratered.
Poor pitch efficiency killed him in AAA. Took 100 pitches to get to the 5th inning. Never could finish off batters. At least he got the Yankees one good year of James Paxton.
Memo to Brian Cashman:
Pick him up, he will cost you nothing.
Remember when he was once one of the jewels of your farm system. Send him to Tampa and have the organizational coaches be patient. You can fix him.
While matriculating up the Yankees system at (then) Trenton, Sheffield pitched like a future mainstay.
See you on Social, Justus.
I’m a Red Sox fan, and I will admit that we sometimes hug or prospects a little too tightly
Yes, trading for even the top prospects is always unpredictable.
This brings to mind the expected predictability of trading a ton load of prospects for established generational, elite talent.
Like Juan Soto, who apparently left his elitivity in DC. It seems fitting to make up a word for the mind-boggling failure that his trade has become.
Remember when he was the untouchable guy in trade for NYY fans on here?
The A’s’ ERA is 7.72.Sheffield would likely IMPROVE their staff .
What’s funny about partner abuse,commentsopen ?
“Elitivity?” Never heard THAT word before .
How fast was Sheffield’s heater at its swiftest ?
Speaking of Clint Frazier,he too was released last week .