Sheffield has made Colorado's Opening Day roster, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Sheffield was selected by the Rockies with the seventh pick of the Rule 5 draft in December, and he'll officially break camp with his new club. Sheffield posted a 6.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in nine innings this spring, and he should serve as a middle reliever for Colorado in 2021.
The Rockies selected Sheffield with the seventh pick of the Rule 5 draft.
The younger brother of Justus Sheffield, Jordan was drafted by the Dodgers with the 36th overall pick in 2016 -- a rare miss high in the draft by that organization. He was transitioned to the bullpen after not showing good enough command to start. Look for him to work in low-leverage situations in 2021.
Sheffield will likely remain in a "closing or back-end-of-the- bullpen type of role" in 2020, Steven Douglas of Sports Illustrated reports.
Sheffield was primarily a starter during his first three minor-league seasons, compiling 40 starts in 50 outings. However, he was moved to a relief role last season, coming out of the bullpen for 47 of his 49 appearances between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. The transition was mostly fruitful as Sheffield lowered his ERA from 6.32 in 2018 to 3.27 in 2019 while racking up 13 saves. The right-hander has a live arm and has posted strong strikeout numbers throughout his time in the minors, including last season, when he whiffed 74 batters in 55 innings. However, his command remains a major question mark -- Sheffield posted a ghastly 7.04 BB/9 in 2019 -- so he'll need to show significant improvement in that area in order to earn a chance to prove his talent at the major-league level.
Sheffeld was reassigned to minor-league spring training Sunday, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
Sheffeld was among six other Dodgers who were removed from the spring training roster Sunday. The 24-year-old posted a 3.58 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 48:32 K:BB across 37.2 innings for Double-A Tulsa in 2019.
Sheffield has 49 strikeouts and 24 walks in 12 starts (50.2 innings) with Low-A Great Lakes.
At 22 years old, Sheffield is putting up a 2.84 ERA with a WHIP of 1.37. He is averaging just over four innings per start and has only reached six innings once, a sign that the Dodgers are stretching him out slowly, but he's stranding 84.1 percent of baserunners, which indicates he knows how to step up his game when people get on base. A big problem for Sheffield has been his ability to avoid the big mistake, as he's giving up a home run every two starts.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/07||@ STL||L 0-5||2.0||1||0||1||1|
|05/04||vs SF||L 4-12||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/02||@ ARI||L 4-8||0.2||0||0||0||2|
|04/30||@ ARI||L 2-7||1.0||2||2||1||2|
|04/28||@ SF||L 3-7||1.0||1||0||1||1|
|04/25||vs PHI||W 12-2||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|04/24||vs PHI||L 5-7||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||11.0||7||7||0||0||1||0||13||6||11||4.09||1.546|
|2017||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||89.1||20||20||0||3||7||0||91||42||86||4.04||1.437|
|2017||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||18.0||5||4||0||0||2||0||18||15||23||8.00||2.111|
|2018||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||34.0||14||7||0||1||3||0||40||20||39||6.88||1.735|
|2019||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||17.1||15||0||0||2||2||7||26||11||6||2.63||0.994|