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Indians Top Prospect Arrested For Burglary

Cleveland Indians top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield was arrested on Monday and charged with aggravated burglary and under-aged drinking.

Sheffield, no relation to former major league outfielder Gary Sheffield, was drafted by the Indians in the first round (31st overall) of the 2014 June amateur draft out of Tullahoma HS (Tullahoma, TN). The Tullahoma native won the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year honors and reportedly signed for $1.6 million dollars with the Indians.

The 18-year old, who is ranked seventh in Cleveland’s minor league system, played his first season in rookie ball and finished 3-1, with a 4.79 ERA, 29 strike outs in 20.2 innings while starting four of his eight overall games.

Based on news reports, Sheffield was arrested for allegedly breaking into a residence and he told the Tullahoma Police Department that he went to there to “discuss some issues” with a guy who resides at the home. Further reports indicate that the “issues” to be discussed involved Sheffield’s girlfriend.

Sheffield was released after posting $5,500 bond and is to appear in court on Feb. 5.

(Photo by Tim Lampkin)

 

David Conde
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