Yankees prospect LHP Justus Sheffield is hoping to play a role on the team's big league squad in 2018 after progressing to double-A Trenton last season.
"I'm hoping, definitely hoping," he told the New York Daily News. Any player would be lying if they say they wouldn't want to be in the big leagues tomorrow," Sheffield said.
Sheffield started 17 games in 2017 between rookie league and double-A, going 7-7 with a 3.12 ERA. The 21-year-old is aware that trade rumors have swirled around the team's young prospects, but he said he is simply focused on becoming a better player in 2018.
"I've already been through it, so I know how the process goes," Sheffield said. "All the stuff you read on Twitter, it's just rumors. As players, if it happens, it happens. Just let the chips fall. I don't really have anything to do with the front office. I have to be the best Justus I can be. I'm definitely anticipating a big year."
The Yankees acquired Sheffield along with Clint Frazier, Ben Heller, and JP Feyereisen from the Indians in a 2016 trade involving Andrew Miller.