A mid-season addition to last year’s team, John Sheaks returns to the U.S. Steel Yard in 2022. He made nine starts in his American Association debut season, and he struck out 38 batters in 40 innings in that span.

Sheaks attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, where he earned All-Orange Empire Conference Second Team honors while leading the Gauchos to a Conference Tournament championship as a sophomore in 2016. He parlayed that success into a transfer to Long Beach State University. Over his three seasons in Long Beach, Sheaks compiled a 10-5 record along with 71 strikeouts in 124.1 innings split between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Additionally, he helped the Dirtbags take home the Big West Regular Season Championship and reach the NCAA Division I Super Regionals in 2017.