Justus Sheffield

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Justus Sheffield
New York Yankees
Born: (1996-05-13) May 13, 1996 (age 21)
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Justus Sheffield (born May 13, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the New York Yankees organization.


Sheffield attended Tullahoma High School in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He threw two no-hitters while in high school, including a 17–strikeout game as a senior.[1] He finished his senior season 11–0 with a 0.34 earned run average (ERA) and 131 strikeouts in ​61 23 innings pitched. He also batted .405/.478/.620 with three home runs. For his play he was named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.[2][3][4]

Sheffield was committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt University.[5] He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft and was the first player to sign.[6]

Sheffield began the 2016 season with the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League.[7] On July 31, 2016, the Indians traded Sheffield along with Clint Frazier, Ben Heller and J. P. Feyereisen to the New York Yankees for Andrew Miller.[8] He finished the 2016 season with the Tampa Yankees where he posted a 10–6 record with a 3.09 ERA.[9]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Jordan Sheffield, is a pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.[10][11] Contrary to popular belief, he is not related to former MLB All-Star outfielder Gary Sheffield.[12][13]

Sheffield was arrested on January 12, 2015, and was charged with underage drinking and aggravated burglary.[14] He pleaded guilty to charges of underage drinking and criminal trespass with a deferred judgment, so that the charges could be expunged from his record in a year.[15]


  1. ^ "Vanderbilt signee Justus Sheffield throws no-hitter". April 7, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Justus Sheffield - Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year 2013-2014". Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Justus Sheffield first TN Gatorade national player of year". June 4, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ Lukehart, Jason (June 5, 2014). "MLB Draft 2014: Indians select Justus Sheffield #31 overall". SB Nation. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Vanderbilt signee named country's top high school baseball player - Nashville Post". Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Indians agree to terms with LHP Sheffield". Cleveland Indians. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2016/07/cleveland_indians_andrew_mille.html
  9. ^ http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=656954#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
  10. ^ "BaseballAmerica.com: High School: High Heat: Sheffields Front Brotherly Staff". July 26, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jordan Sheffield Bio - Vanderbilt Official Athletic Site". Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Five questions with Indians' Justus Sheffield". mlb.com. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Who is Justus Sheffield? Yankees get pitcher in Andrew Miller trade to Indians". nj.com. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Cleveland Indians' Justus Sheffield arrested, charged with burglary - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2015/02/cleveland_indians_justus_sheff.html

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