The Yankees officially selected Sheffield's contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. Sheffield joined the Yankees over the weekend after Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's season came to an end, but he wasn't officially added to the 40-man and active roster until Tuesday, when New York finally made a transaction to clear a spot for the 22-year-old. The lefty is expected to provide the Yankees with a power arm out of the bullpen over the final two weeks of the regular season. If he thrives in his first exposure to big-league hitters, Sheffield could secure a spot on the Yankees' postseason roster.
Sheffield's contract was selected by the Yankees on Saturday, Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune reports. Sheffield shifted to the bullpen at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in preparation to join the Yankees, and will now do so with a couple weeks remaining in the regular season. The 22-year-old allowed two runs over 13.1 innings as a reliever with the RailRiders and posted a 2.77 ERA and 1.21 WHIP before that as a starter.
Sheffield may not join the Yankees as a September callup, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. The Yankees' 40-man roster got more complex over the last couple days with acquisitions of Andrew McCutchen and Adeiny Hechavarria, complicating Sheffield's potential promotion. The 22-year-old shifted to the bullpen at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in mid-August in preparation to join the Yankees, but general manager Brian Cashman is now indicating that a move is not guaranteed. The young left-hander has a 2.53 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 113.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
Sheffield was moved to the bullpen Friday in preparation for his September callup by the Yankees, Jack Curry of YES Network reports. General manager Brian Cashman had previously said Sheffield would pitch for the Yankees in 2018, but had not specified whether that would be as a starter or a reliever. The 22-year-old will make a few appearances out of the bullpen with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before joining the Yanks next month.
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Sheffield will pitch in some capacity for the Yankees this year, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports. Though Cashman left it open as to whether Sheffield will get an opportunity in the rotation or if he'll serve out of the bullpen, he confidently stated that the southpaw will get a taste of the big leagues in 2018. Look for him to join the club when rosters expand in September. Across 15 appearances (14 starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year, Sheffield has logged a 2.16 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 8.5 K/9.
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