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Florial, Sheffield highlight Yanks' AFL crew

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NEW YORK -- Estevan Florial and Justus Sheffield have earned recognition among the best young talent in the game, and the promising duo is among a group that will be rewarded with the opportunity to wear Yankees pinstripes in the upcoming Arizona Fall League.

Florial and Sheffield are among 11 of MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 prospects who will participate in the AFL, suiting up for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

NEW YORK -- Estevan Florial and Justus Sheffield have earned recognition among the best young talent in the game, and the promising duo is among a group that will be rewarded with the opportunity to wear Yankees pinstripes in the upcoming Arizona Fall League.

Florial and Sheffield are among 11 of MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 prospects who will participate in the AFL, suiting up for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

A speedy left-handed-hitting outfielder, the 19-year-old Florial played for the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and is currently ranked as the Yanks' No. 4 prospect (87th overall). He has batted .294/.371/.469 with 22 doubles, six triples, 12 homers, 51 RBIs and 22 steals in 105 games between Class A Charleston and Class A Advanced Tampa.

2017 Arizona Fall League rosters

"I haven't been in another organization, but for me, this is the best one," Florial said. "Not just because they're the Yankees, but because of the treatment and all of the personalities. They're calling up a lot of young players, so it's amazing."

The left-handed Sheffield, 21, is New York's No. 5 prospect (89th overall). Currently rehabbing from a left oblique strain with the Gulf Coast Yankees, Sheffield is 7-5 with a 3.09 ERA in 16 starts for Double-A Trenton this season, walking 33 and striking out 79 in 90 1/3 innings.

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"It's a lot of fun, knowing that the group of guys we have right now in the Minor Leagues is possibly the future for the Yankees," Sheffield said earlier this year. "Obviously big shoes to fill from when they were on top before, but I think this group of guys is ready to get down to it. We've got a great group of guys that is ready to work hard and fill those shoes."

The Scottsdale roster is comprised of players from the Angels, Giants, Mets, Reds and Yankees organizations, and will be managed by former big league infielder Jay Bell, who is currently piloting the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League.

Right-hander Dillon Tate was also named on Scottsdale's preliminary roster, as were infielders Thairo Estrada, Chris Gittens and Kyle Holder.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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