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- Updated: July 31, 2016
In a trade that was reported on Sunday, the Cleveland Indians sent top outfield prospect Clint Frazier to the New York Yankees in exchange for lefty closer Andrew Miller. In the trade the Yankees also landed another top prospect in left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, and minor leaguer’s Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen.
The Indians landed a pitcher whom will most definitely help them down the stretch in their playoff run, but the Yankees landed a prospect that can make an impact as soon as this season.
Frazier was signed by the Indians in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 2013 MLB June Amateur draft. So far in three seasons moving through the Indians farm system, the Georgia native has a .278 batting average, with 47 home runs and 198 RBI’s.
This season he was batting .276, with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs in 89 games with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, before being promoted to Triple-A Columbus Clippers on July 27th where he played in just five games before the trade to the Yankees.
The Yankees immediately moved Frazier into the top spot on their Top Prospect Watch list and also added Sheffield into the seventh spot.
As for Sheffield, he was drafted by the Indians in the 1st round (31st overall) of the 2014 MLB June Amateur draft from Tullahoma, High School in Tullahoma, TN.
In three seasons on the farm, Sheffield posted a 19-10 record, with a 3.55 ERA, and 260 strikeouts in 243.1 innings, but not pitching higher than Class-A advanced.
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