Sports Editor Tullahoma News (edited version)
Sunday was a bittersweet day for Tullahoma High School graduate Justus Sheffield as it was his last in his hometown until late August.
Sheffield was selected 31st overall in this year’s MLB Draft and on Friday, the former Wildcat signed a contract to get his professional career underway. After waiting on the results of a physical, the Indians made things official on Monday, when the team announced it had signed the 18-year-old Tullahoma native.
Sheffield received a $1.6 million bonus from the Cleveland Indians and additionally, the team will also pay for four years at Vanderbilt University after his playing career. Sheffield, a Vanderbilt signee, attempted to reach Commodores Coach Tim Corbin on the phone on Monday night, but was unable to do so. Corbin is coaching Vanderbilt in College World Series that is taking place this week.
Receiving the scholarship for Vanderbilt was one of Sheffield’s priorities when contract negotiations with Cleveland began. Sheffield places a high value on education, so choosing a professional career over college was not an easy decision.
On May 27, Sheffield was named the Tennessee Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year award. Eight days later, Sheffield received the national player of the year honor from the company.