According to MLB.com’s senior writer Jim Callis, Indians second first-round draft pick – left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield - became the first player of the 2014 draft class to agree to terms. The high-schooler signed a $1.6 million contract and receives eight paid semesters at Vanderbilt University. Callis said the pick value at Sheffield’s No. 31 draft slot is $1,733,000.
Sheffield, 18, just wrapped up his prep senior season in Tullahoma, Tenn., by going 10-0 with a 0.34 ERA (just three earned runs over 61 2/3 innings) with 131 strikeouts.
A day before being drafted Thursday, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder became the first high school athlete from Tennessee to win a Gatorade National Player of the Year Award. Sheffield’s selection gives the Tribe back-to-back Gatorade National Player of theYear award winners after selecting prep outfielder Clint Frazier with their No. 1 pick in 2013.