Since getting called up to the Double-A level, Tullahoma native Jordan Sheffield has pretty much been unhittable for the Tulsa Drillers.
Jordan is a 2013 Tullahoma High School graduate, before attending Vanderbilt University. In 2016, the right-handed pitcher was a first-round draft selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
Since being drafted, Jordan had spent time in the Arizona League, before being called up to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2017, the Dodgers’ Class A-Advanced affiliate. In 2018, Jordan was plagued by on the field troubles and a forearm injury, which sidelined him for the majority of last year.
Before hitting the disabled list, Jordan had an ERA of 7.33 in just seven starts. However, once he returned from injury, he was moved to the bullpen, where he didn’t allow a run seven of his final nine outings of the year.
That success carried over into this season for Jordan. In 15 appearances, he allowed just five runs in 17.1 innings pitched, for an ERA of 2.60, striking out 26 batters, while only allowing six hits and five walks.
That success was rewarded and on May 15, Jordan was promoted to double-A, joining the Drillers. In seven relief appearances in Tulsa, Jordan has allowed just one earned run and two hits, including picking up a save on June 5, as well as picking up a win on May 31.
In his first six appearances out of the bullpen for the Drillers, Jordan did not allow a hit, striking out 10 batters in his first 7.1 innings pitched. On June 7 against Arkansas, he allowed his first pair of hits and run. However, he also struck out a pair of batters in that outing.
Jordan is the brother of Justus Sheffield, who is currently pitching for the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Justus, a 2014 Tullahoma High School graduate, was a first-round selection of the Cleveland Indians straight out of high school.
In 2016, Justus was traded to the New York Yankees organization, where he spent the last three years, including making his major league debut at Yankee Stadium last September against the Boston Red Sox. During the offseason, Justus was part of a trade that sent him to Seattle, while the Yankees got starting pitcher James Paxton from the Mariners.
The majority of this season, Justus has been with the Rainiers, making one appearance for the Mariners. Coming out of the bullpen, Justus pitched three innings against the Texas Rangers in Seattle on April 26. In that outing, Justus was a little erratic, surrendering a pair of runs, including a home run and four walks.
In 11 starts with the Rainiers this year, Justus has put together a record of 2-5 with an ERA of 5.74. In 53.1 innings pitched, he’s allowed 34 earned runs, nine of which have come off home runs, while surrendering 40 walks and striking out 46 batters.
While the Sheffield brothers are currently in the minor leagues, Tullahoma has one other graduate who is currently playing at the major league level. David Hess, a 2011 THS graduate, is currently a starter for the Baltimore Orioles.
After nearly tossing a no-hitter at Toronto in April this year, Hess has struggled considerably. In 12 starts this year, Hess has a 1-8 record, with a 7.08 ERA in 61 innings pitched.
Hess was selected by the Orioles in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He officially made his debut with the Orioles on May 12 and has been with the organization since that time.