The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders announced on Thursday that Justus Sheffield will be get to be a part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities. The THS alumnus was selected to pitch in the Futures Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on July 15.
During the Futures Game, the U.S. team will be managed by Torii Hunter, the five-time all-star and nine-time Gold Glove Winner. The national squad also features 19 of the current top 100 prospects in baseball.
Sheffield, a Tullahoma native, was the only New York Yankees prospect selected to participate in the Futures Game. MLB.com will live stream and MLB Network will exclusively televise the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 3 p.m. next Sunday. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers.
The 22-year-old left-hander was promoted to the Triple-A level on May 6, and currently boasts a 2-3 record with a 2.61 ERA. Combined between the two minor league levels, Sheffield has put together a 3-5 record with a 2.49 ERA.
Sheffield picked up the win for the RailRiders in his most recent start on Monday. In seven innings pitched, he allowed just one run on three hits and three walks while striking out six batters.
That effort came on the heels of Sheffield’s first relief appearance since 2014. During that outing on June 27, Sheffield was electric, tossing six innings, surrendering just six hits and a walk, while punching out three batters.
After graduating from Tullahoma High School in 2014, Sheffield was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. In 2016, Sheffield was part of trade in between the Indians and Yankees.
Since then, Sheffield has spent time in the Yankees’ minor league system, being bumped up to Double-A Trenton later in 2016. The southpaw spent all of his 2017 as a member of the Trenton Thunder before being promoted to the RailRiders in May.