The son of nine-time All-Star and World Series champion Gary Sheffield, Noah, looked just like his dad at the plate when he hit a two-run home run Friday night that sent Jesuit High School (Tampa) home. to the end of the region.
A high school prospect in the Class of 2024 committed to playing his college baseball at Florida State, Sheffield waited for a breaking pitch from a Naples High School pitcher and didn’t miss a stitch on the ball.
Sheffield sent the ball flying to left field and he knew it right away, as did his teammates. Sheffield was overrun at home plate after the explosion.
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Those who knew how his father played between 1988 and 2009 immediately saw a similar hitting stance to his father’s trademark in the batter’s box during his career.
Gary Sheffield was known for his strange but effective bat swing. The bat swung back and forth like a pendulum before flying across the strike zone and making contact.
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Although considered unorthodox, and coaches at all levels discouraged players from doing so, Sheffield finished with 509 home runs and 1,676 RBIs with a .292 career batting average during his 22 years in the league.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Noah was rated a 9 by Perfect Game, which projects him as a «potential top-10 round pick and/or higher-level college prospect.»
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The 16-year-old still has more baseball to play in his junior year, as well as his senior season, so the ranking has a chance to improve to 10.