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Yankees prospect watch:  Justus Sheffield heads to the bullpen

The Yankees have moved Justus Sheffield to the

The Yankees have moved Justus Sheffield to the bullpen at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He will be a September call-up. Credit: Getty Images/Elsa

A look at the Yankees’ top prospects as ranked by mlb.com. Stats are through games played Friday.

  

1. JUSTUS

SHEFFIELD, LHP

S/W-B Rail Riders

The southpaw Began his transition to a reliever against Buffalo on Aug. 21, allowing one earned run on two hits in two innings. He will continue to pitch out of the Triple-A bullpen in preparation to join the Yankees in the same role when rosters expand on Sept. 1, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. The 22-year-old is 5-4 with a 2.61 ERA in Triple-A this season, while holding left-handed batters to a .160 average. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he expects Sheffield to join the major-league team as a reliever after September call-ups.

  

2. ESTEVAN

FLORIAL, OF

Tampa Tarpons

Hitting .381 in his last 10 games, including a 3-for-4 game with a solo home run and an RBI double in an 8-3 win over St. Lucie on Aug. 21. He had seven multihit performances during this span.

  

3. JONATHAN

LOAISIGA, RHP

Trenton Thunder

The 23-year-old, who has had a glimpse of the big leagues this year, allowed one earned run on three hits, while striking out three in four innings against Double-A Reading on Wednesday.

  

4. ALBERT ABREU, RHP

Tampa

He went 5.1 innings in a no-decision against St. Lucie allowing two earned runs on four hits, while striking out four. Abreu is 3-3 with a 4.21 ERA this year at Class A.

  

5. DOMINGO ACEVEDO

RHP

Rehab assignment

Allowed two earned runs in 4.2 innings, pitching Monday and Friday for the Staten Island Yankees.

6. ANTHONY SEIGLER, C

Pulaski Yankees

The ambidextrous first-round pick, last played on Aug. 16. He was hitting .266 in 24 games as a pro.

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