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Jordan Sheffield

Born: 06/01/1995 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 190
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
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 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 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 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

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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