It’s a bitter pill to swallow for Yankees fans so used to meaningful October baseball, but the organization now has its sole focus on future seasons. The Yankees made their second significant trade of the past week on Sunday, dealing off All-Star lefty reliever Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for four prospects.
The two players Yankee fans should be salivating over in this deal are outfielder Clint Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield. The players were considered two of the Indians’ top three minor league prospects.
Frazier was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. He can hit for power as he has 13 homers in 89 games so far this season in Double-A ball. The 21-year-old center fielder from Decatur, Georgia is ranked the 21st best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.
As for Sheffield – yes, he is related to former Yankees slugger, Gary Sheffield, as he is his nephew.
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This pitching Sheffield owns a 7-5 record and 3.59 ERA so far this season in Triple-A. He was recently ranked the 69th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.