Adams tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings in his 2018 debut, the 23-year-old righty delivered a bounce-back effort in his second start of the year. He is not on the 40-man roster, which is part of the reason he was passed over when the Yankees needed a fill-in starter when CC Sabathia (hip) landed on the disabled list. Adams will need to cut down on the free passes (four walks in 8.2 innings) and improve against lefties (5.68 ERA) in order to earn a promotion to the major-league rotation this summer.
Adams was sent down to the minor leagues Thursday. This move comes as no surprise, as Adams came into camp knowing his chances of making the Opening Day roster were slim. He gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks across 4.2 innings this spring, and figures to start the year at Triple-A Scranton.
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.
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