20-Year-Old Pitcher – Cleveland Indians
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After a red-hot finish to the season, Sheffield’s 2015 numbers leave very little to be desired. The 19-year-old southpaw distinguished himself as the top pitching prospect in the Indians’ offense-heav...
Sheffield, 19, has a 4.22 ERA and 99:24 K:BB through 85.1 innings for Low-A Lake County.
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Cleveland Indians Roster
MajorsAdams, Austin (P)
AABaker, Dylan (P)
A+Aviles, Robbie (P)
ACastro, Willi (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Based just on pure stuff and control/command, Sheffield, the 31st pick in the 2014 draft, profiles as a No. 3 starter in the big leagues. However, whether fair or unfair, the first thing that should be noted with the 18-year-old lefty is his height, or lack thereof, as Sheffield measures in at 5-foot-10. He appears to be able to make it work, featuring three plus pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup), but his height will be a bugaboo that follows him throughout his rise up the organizational ladder. Teams can always find a place for a bat-misser from the left side, but Sheffield’s worth in dynasty leagues is tied to his ability to stick as a starter. Fortunately, he has a thick frame (196 pounds), so he should be able to log the requisite innings. Sheffield will likely start 2015 in short season ball, meaning he won’t be in the big leagues until approximately 2018.