The following is an excerpt from this week's Pipeline Podcast, in which Dani Wexelman talks with Justus Sheffield and Dillon Tate, the Yankees' No. 5 and 14 prospects. To listen to the show in its entirety, go to the MLB Pipeline Podcast page.Wexelman: You're rehabbing right now, not the most fun
The following is an excerpt from this week's Pipeline Podcast, in which Dani Wexelman talks with Justus Sheffield and Dillon Tate, the Yankees' No. 5 and 14 prospects. To listen to the show in its entirety, go to the MLB Pipeline Podcast page.
Wexelman: You're rehabbing right now, not the most fun thing in the world, but how's it going? Give me an update on that.
Sheffield: Right now, it's going good. No setbacks. I got off the mound today, it's been a while since I've been off the mound. Like 43 days, something like that since I've actually pitched off the mound. It felt good, just gotta keep pushing forward and making progress. I'll be out there soon.
Wexelman: You guys have one of the top farm systems. You're surrounded by a lot of talented guys. Does that push you to want to play better and be better all around?
Sheffield: Yeah, for sure. When you're with a group of guys who want to be in New York and want to play a part in that team, you know, it just kind of drives you. Especially being out here with these guys every day, we have a good team here in Trenton. Our pitching staff has been good all year, so it definitely drives me to want to pitch better and help my team win.
Wexelman: What were you working on before you got injured? What are you trying to improve?
Sheffield: This year, the main thing, the main focus was pitching deep into games. Keeping the pitch count low. In the past, I've had trouble with getting through five innings. Go five and die, which, when you get in the big leagues, it'll be a lot tougher. More tough hitters and things like that, so this year, I was working on just pitching into the game. In the first half, I felt like I accomplished that pretty well. I was going to move on with that in the second half, keep the walks down a little bit more. But that was the main thing was showing them that I could be a starting pitcher.
Wexelman: Kind of telling me how are things going, what's something that stands out to you so far?
Tate: Right now, things are going just OK. But I mean, it's a learning process right now. Some of the things that stand out to me are the hitters are a bit more selective than the previous level and their knowledge of the game, as far as pitch sequences go, is a little bit more advanced than where I was before. And they hit the ball harder, so that's different from the previous level.
Wexelman: You're enjoying a lot of success right now, I hope you're enjoying it anyway, you're having a lot of success this season. Is there an adjustment that you've made, something that you've changed to get too where you are right now?
Tate: I wouldn't say I'm having a lot of success. I'm having a little taste of what it's like, but I've made some adjustments here and there with my delivery and hand positioning, and that's helping me stay on top of the ball and be able to drive the ball down, so some adjustments there and more to come.
Wexelman: And you were traded from the Rangers. Was that something that you embraced, coming to the Yankees. Did you find it a little bit difficult adjusting? What was that like for you?
Tate: I didn't find it too difficult to adjust, and that's mainly because the guys that I came into with the new group of guys, they were just really welcoming. So I got really lucky in having a good group of guys to be around, so that made the transition a lot easier.