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Gary Sheffield’s nephew, draft prospect Jordan Sheffield, needs Tommy John surgery

Apr 11, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Gary Sheffield has a nephew, Jordan Sheffield, who’s a high school pitcher in Tennessee and top-50 draft prospect. Or at least he was.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that Sheffield needs Tommy John elbow surgery that will end his high school career and may cause him to play college ball at Vanderbilt rather than potentially falling way down in the draft.

Of course, going to school at Vanderbilt for a few years isn’t such a bad thing and Mayo notes that some teams considered Sheffield a “tough sign” even before the injury because they expected him to go to college.

Last year the Nationals took Lucas Giolito with the No. 16 pick even though he was sidelined by an elbow injury at the time and he later needed Tommy John surgery.

  1. ajmilner - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Would Dwight Gooden therefore be this prospect’s great-uncle? If so, I feel really old.

  2. gotampabay52 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    David Price went to Vandy ummm CY last year he be ok

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      It isnt the Vanderbilt thing thats the problem its the Tommy John surgery.

  3. paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    How did this happen? Did some jerky coach switch him from the bullpen to the rotation?

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