Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield has been promoted to the big leagues, according to a report from Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune. The move has yet to be officially announced by the team.
Sheffield, 22, is the Yankees’ highest-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The left-hander was acquired in a deadline deal for reliever Andrew Miller back in 2016 and has been working his way through the lower levels of the Yankees’ farm system ever since. In 2018, he made the jump from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a cumulative 7-6 record in 20 starts and a 2.87 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 116 innings.
According to comments made by club GM Brian Cashman last month, the plan is to keep Sheffield in the bullpen for the time being. He was shifted to a relief role in Triple-A at the end of August and should be ready to assume a similar position at the major-league level sometime in September. It’s possible that the young lefty might also get a shot at the Yankees’ rotation when he reports to spring training next year, too.
Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura has been named the 2018 Arizona Fall League MVP, per an announcement on Saturday. He’s the first Brewers player to receive the distinction since the award was first handed out in 2002.
Hiura, 22, was selected in the first round of the 2017 draft and has remained at the top of the Brewers’ prospect rankings since then. The second baseman was promoted to Double-A for the first time in June and finished the season with an explosive .293/.357/.464 batting line, 13 home runs, and 15 stolen bases (in 26 chances) across 535 PA for High-A and Double-A. During his time in the AFL, he found even greater success after slashing .323/.371/.563 with five homers and a league-best 33 RBI in 96 at-bats.
Following the award announcements — Rockies corner infielder Tyler Nevin won the AFL batting title, while Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker was designated the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award winner — the Arizona Fall League Championship Game kicked off at 3 PM EST with Hiura batting second and playing second base for the Peoria Javelinas, whose roster is comprised of players from the Braves, Brewers, Padres, Mariners, and Rays.