2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Jordan Sheffield

By: Burke Granger

Jordan Sheffield – RHP – Vanderbilt. 6’0″ 185. Class: RS Sophomore. DOB: 6.1.95. Last Drafted: 2013 – Boston Red Sox (13th Round).

Scouted:

Vanderbilt Comedores @ Kentucky Wildcats – May 3, 2015.  Lexington, Kentucky.

Jordan’s younger brother Justus was selected in the first round in 2014 and is one of the top prospects in the Cleveland system.  Jordan was on his way to first round contention himself in 2013 before needing Tommy John surgery.

Sheffield redshirted in 2014 while recovering from surgery before contributing to the Commodores mostly out of the bullpen in 2015.  In 22 appearances and 6 starts, Sheffield flashed electric stuff, striking out nearly a batter an inning.  He failed to harness his electric arm though, walking a troubling 6.45 per 9 innings.  A full time starter this season, Sheffield has managed to improve his K rate while cutting his walk rate nearly in half.

*Statistics as of 5.31.16

YEAR

CLASS

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

2015

Fr.

5-2

2.85

22

0

60

39

55

43

2016

So.

8-5

2.73

15

0

95.2

76

107

36

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball:  A righty on the smallish side, Sheffield’s frame doesn’t allow for much downhill plane.  Sheffield has a very quick arm that generates 95-96 mph velocity with good deception thanks, in part, to a short arm delivery.

Curveball:  Sheffield utilizes the top of the zone with his heater, and while that practice is playing with fire, it sets up his power breaking ball to buckle a lot of knees for called strikes.  When ahead in the count, he’ll bury this pitch for swings and misses.  The curveball gives Sheffield two above average pitches.

Changeup:  Inconsistent and occasionally flashing average, Sheffield’s changeup runs away from lefties when he has a feel for it.  Like many college pitchers, the further development of this pitch will be a key indicator in his success or failure.

Control/Command:  Sheffield couldn’t command or control much of anything last season, but he’s improved significantly in 2016.  While he still misses spots in the reg, he works around the zone and his above average stuff buys him some margin for error.

DELIVERY:  Like fellow Commodore Carson Fulmer before him, Sheffield has a lot of effort in his delivery, causing many to believe he’ll end up in the bullpen.  Coming from a high 3/4 delivery, Sheffield does his best to maximize his small frame.

FUTURE:  Sheffield will be given the chance to start as a professional and has the repetoire to succeed in that role.  The frame, lack of downhill plane, spotty command, and effort in the delivery indicate he’s a future high leverage reliever in my opinion.  Oh yeah, he’s also pitching on his second UCL.  While a relief role would certainly limit his ceiling, Sheffield’s floor is so high that I’d still consider taking him in the first round anyway, given that his stuff is close to being good enough to getting Major League hitters out right now.

DISCLAIMER: It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they do.  I do, however, actually go to see these guys play live, which is more than you’ll get from many online “Scouting Reports”.  I also talk to scouts when I’m there.  While scouts reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.

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