It was a little surprising when Chance Adams, who compiled a 2.45 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 150.1 innings at Double-A and Triple-A, was not summoned late last season for an audition in the big-league rotation. However, despite having success against lefties in the minors (.198 AVG against at Triple-A), there were reasons to think he may have been pummeled by opposite-handed hitters in the big leagues. He has a plus fastball and plus slider, which allows him to keep righties in check, but he lacks a quality third pitch to neutralize left-handed hitters. Indeed, he struck out just 36 lefties in 51.1 innings at Triple-A, compared to 67 righties in 64 innings. Clearly his changeup and curveball still need some refining, but with above-average control, he still projects as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter in time. Given his potential splits, he could make his big-league debut in the bullpen, but if he makes the necessary adjustments at Triple-A, he could be pitching in the big-league rotation in the first half.
Adams has been invited by the Yankees to join the big-league club for spring training. The Yankees' pitching staff is deep in both the rotation and the bullpen, so Adams is unlikely to win a major-league job out of camp. He is one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects and put up a 2.89 ERA in 115.1 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, so he could be one of the first few arms called up if injuries strike the major-league rotation.
Adams is 9-4 with a 2.56 ERA with 90:36 K:BB through 98.1 innings in 18 starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Adams absolutely dominated the Double-A level earlier this season, going 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in six starts, and he's been just as impressive since getting promoted. The Yankees were reportedly considering calling him up to the big-league squad earlier in the season, and even though that never materialized, Adams could get a shot at his major-league debut once rosters expand in September.
General manager Brian Cashman didn't rule out Adams to replace Michael Pineda (elbow) in the rotation, though he won't call him up in the immediate future, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. The right-hander will have to wait for now. Luis Cessa will take a turn against the Twins in the coming week and may hold onto the rotation spot Bryan Mitchell will take as part of a Sunday doubleheader. Adams, meanwhile, will bide his time for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he's churned out a 2.50 ERA with 64 strikeouts and only 22 walks in 57.2 innings. The 22-year-old may not have much more to prove there.
Adams, 22, has a 2.39 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 58:19 K:BB in 52.2 innings (10 starts) for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees' rotation is at full strength, after Luis Cessa briefly filled in for the injured CC Sabathia. However, the next time a spot opens up, look for Adams to be given a shot, as he is facing little resistance at Triple-A.
Adams struck out 12 batters over six innings of one-hit ball against Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. After utterly dominating Double-A hitters to open the year (1.03 ERA in six starts), he's moved up to Triple-A and produced similarly impressive results. Through four starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Adams holds a 1.57 ERA and a 27:7 K:BB over 23 innings. He's allowed a mere eight runs through 58 total innings in the minors this season, and he's allowed just 34 hits (including only two homers) in that time. While his fantasy owners are surely itching to see Adams take on major-league hitters, there's no obvious candidate for the 22-year-old to displace from the Yankees' rotation right now, so he'll have to bide his time until injury or ineffectiveness on someone else's part opens the door for him.
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