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Sheffield shines in first start for Tampa

Yankees' No. 7 fans career-high 11 in debut with new organization
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Justus Sheffield knows how to make a first impression.

Making his New York Yankees system debut after coming over from Cleveland as part of last week's Andrew Miller trade, Sheffield set a career high with 11 strikeouts in six innings in Class A Advanced Tampa's 7-1 win over Daytona. He allowed one earned run on two hits and one walk, with 58 of his 88 pitches going for strikes in the outing.

Justus Sheffield knows how to make a first impression.

Making his New York Yankees system debut after coming over from Cleveland as part of last week's Andrew Miller trade, Sheffield set a career high with 11 strikeouts in six innings in Class A Advanced Tampa's 7-1 win over Daytona. He allowed one earned run on two hits and one walk, with 58 of his 88 pitches going for strikes in the outing.

Sheffield, the Yankees' No. 7 prospect as well as No. 92 overall on the Top 100, was locked in from the outset of the game as he retired Daytona's first six batters before yielding back-to-back doubles to open the third inning. It would turn out to be the only hits allowed by the 20-year-old left-hander in the outing.

Sheffield fanned the side in the fourth inning, added two more punchouts in the fifth and then notched his career-best 11th strikeout in his sixth and final inning of work. He previously had recorded 10 strikeouts twice in his career, with the latest coming on July 2 as a member of Class A Lynchburg.

Prior to joining the Yankees in the Trade Deadline blockbuster that also sent Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 1/No. 22 overall) to the Bronx Bombers, Sheffield, whom the Indians selected in the first round (No. 31 overall) of the 2014 Draft, had posted a 3.59 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings (19 starts) for Class A Advanced Lynchburg.

Pacing Tampa's offense was shortstop Gleyber Torres (Yankees' No. 2), who went 2-for-4 with a walk and his first home run -- a three-run shot in the seventh inning -- since coming over from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade. Ranked No. 24 on the Top 100, the 19-year-old has hit 10 home runs in 103 games this season between the Cubs' and Yankees' systems, while the three-hit performance lifted his average to .273.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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