Seattle Mariners All-Star Prediction No. 4: Justus Sheffield
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The Sheff was cooking in 2020, and I think he has the potential to win a Michelin Star. Oops, wrong topic.
Justus impressed many people last season after a rough first year with the Seattle Mariners in 2019. After watching him in 2019, I was starting to worry about Sheffield and whether he would turn out to be the star he was projected.
He quickly proved me wrong and finished 2020 with a 3.58 ERA. It might not be all that impressive of an ERA for an MLB pitcher, but what stands out is the level of improvement.
In 2019, he posted a 5.50 ERA and walked 4.5 batters per nine innings. Sheffield made big improvements and clearly worked hard in the offseason.
What is exciting is he is still young and has plenty of areas to improve on. If he can make more adjustments like he did this past offseason, Sheffield has the potential to be an All-Star as quickly as next season.
Justus’ 3.58 ERA and 0.8 WAR from 2020 won’t get him into the 2021 All-Star team, but if he can lower it to 3.10 (like Marco), he would definitely be in the conversation.
As I said a couple of days ago, 2021 will be a really fun year as a Seattle Mariners fan. They won’t win the World Series, but the team will be a lot more competitive. I’m hoping these players will continue to develop and excel, so they can make their first All-Star games.