Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield allowed a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings during the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park.
Sheffield entered the game in the second inning in relief of Pirates prospect Mitch Keller, who started the game. Sheffield immediately allowed the home run to Seuly Matias before retiring the next three batters to face him.
In the third inning, Sheffield was replaced after allowing a one-out single to Dawel Lugo.
The 22-year-old Sheffield is among a group of 10 prospects the Yankees refuse to trade away in exchange for Manny Machado, reports the New York Post. He told SNY's Justine Ward he hasn't been in communication with the organization amid the trade rumors ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, instead focusing on his efforts on the mound.
"I can't control any of the call-ups or anything like that, so the best thing to do is just go out there and compete for the team in Triple-A or wherever I am," Sheffield said, according to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff. "If I get the opportunity, that'll be great. If not, get better every day until I do."
Sheffield has a 2.53 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts, between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Sheffield has spent the bulk of his time this season in Triple-A, where he has a 2.53 ERA.
"I'm pitching with more confidence," Sheffield said, according to Davidoff. "Not trying to hit the corners and things like that. Trying to induce contact and let my defense work behind me."