Jordan Sheffield is the Rockies Rule V pick from the Los Angeles Dodgers so the Rockies must keep him on the 26-man roster. If they remove him from the roster, he will have to be placed on outright waivers. If nobody claims him, then the Rockies must offer Sheffield back to the Dodgers for $50,000. If Dodgers don’t want him back, then the Rockies can send him to the minor leagues and not have him on the 26- or 40-man roster.
And, frankly, the Rockies may decide to not carry him on their 26-man roster as Sheffield, who turns 26 in June, has had a rough spring.
In four innings, Sheffield has allowed three hits, five runs (all earned), walked five, and struck out four. The five walks are alarming as that was Sheffield’s problem in the minor leagues. In fact, 55 innings in 2019 between Advanced-A and Double-A, he walked seven batters per nine innings and he walked 5.4 batters per nine innings in 2018.
He has never played above Double-A and that coupled with the fact the minor league season was canceled in 2020, Sheffield likely needs more seasoning in the minor leagues.