BaseballYankees preparing top pitching prospect for September role The 22-year-old is 6-6 with a 2.52 ERA in 22 starts at Double-A and Triple-A this season. by Gregg Snyder August 22, 2018 The New York Yankees No. 1 pitching prospect, Justus Sheffield, had his scheduled start scratched on Tuesday. Normally, that would cause concern and indicate an injury. However this time, that’s not the case.The Yankees are beginning a plan that could give Sheffield a key role at the Major League level come September. After being scratched from the start, the lefty was sent to the bullpen, and the plan is to have him stay there for the remainder of this season if all goes well.The 22-year-old is 6-6 with a 2.52 ERA in 22 starts at Double-A and Triple-A this season. In 17 games since being promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Sheffield has gone 5-4 with a 2.61 ERA.On Tuesday, Sheffield entered a 1-1 game in the seventh and allowed no runs on two hits while striking out two and walking none in a two-inning appearance for the RailRiders. The game was suspended after eight innings due to rain.This was the first relief appearance for Sheffield, who is likely to be called up to the Yankees when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Upon doing so, he could slid right into a key role out of the Yankees bullpen. While still thought of as a starter, Sheffield could be used in multiple innings or to face a left-handed batter from time to time. He has held lefties to a .160 average this season.If all goes well, Sheffield could pitch his way onto a potential postseason roster.Sheffield is currently ranked as the 27th-best prospect and third-best left-handed pitching prospect by MLB Pipeline. Post Views: 888The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsGregg SnyderLatest posts by Gregg Snyder (see all) ITZ Staff Makes Super Bowl LV Predictions. Which team wins? Who is MVP? - February 5, 2021 Jets And Nike Create New Jersey High School Girls Flag Football League - February 3, 2021 NJ Sports Photographer, Lauren Guillen, Raising Funds For Local Youth Holiday Gifts - December 11, 2020 President Trump Awards Lou Holtz With Medal of Freedom - December 3, 2020 Related TopicsJustus SheffieldNew York Yankees Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020 The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 Women in Sports: Podcast Host, New York Riptide Sideline Reporter, Dani Wexelman by Luke Porco | posted on March 3, 2020 A Look at Paternity Leave in MLB as Trout Becomes a Dad by Elizabeth DiPietro | posted on August 5, 2020 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021More in Baseball You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 108: WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Audio/Video)On the 108th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Prospect Watch: Phillies pitcher Jake Kinney (Video) Can the Yankees catch any more bad breaks?