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Jordan Sheffield

Born: 06/01/1995 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 190
Mechanics
Shorter RHP, looks trimmer than last year, more defined musculature, still a rounder frame, will require maintenance; aggressive early tempo into high, rotational leg kick, rares back and chucks it from a three-quarters slot; above-average arm speed, loses balance point, struggles to execute with pitch-to-pitch timing consistency, will get too quick down the hill; effort through release, head whack, well below-average command, 40 projection; really struggles with consistency out of the stretch, semi-slide step, sub-1.2 on the regular, loses lower-half push without takeaway, velo will tick down
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 05/23/2018
Affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
Dates Seen 1x 2017, 2x 2018
OFP 50
Realistic 45/middle-inning arm
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 92-94 97 Above-average present sitting velo, projection to plus in relief role; some ride to it, solid-average movement, will wander around the zone on him, straightens out in upper quadrants, finish to beat barrels in zone but will leave in hittable locations too often; has shown 95-97 out-the-gate velocity in multiple starts, pitch can play there in relief role; will cut it occasionally in the high 80s, undeveloped variant
SL 45 55 77-83 84 Shape-shifter, hybrid pitch, will get sweepier right-right, harder vertical variant to lefties; above-average movement will flash plus when he gets more vertical, inconsistent execution, will roll it, loses plenty of 'em up and arm side; above-average projection with great consistency, some gap from present though
CH 40 45 85-87 88 Hard circle change, straight, occasionally draws out mild fade; contact pitch, limited swing-miss, enough to keep High-A hitters off barrel, between below-average velo separation, average movement, and poor command don't see a path to an average third pitch here
Overall

Sheffield's a fiery pitcher with a good baseline of stuff. He struggles to consistently execute a noisy delivery that has its share of effort, and the below-average command projection that ensues points him pretty squarely onto a relief track. He's shown the ability over multiple starts to get to additional velocity when amped up at the outing's start, and offers potential value in middle-inning relief with higher-leverage potential if command of his top two maxes out.

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