Friday, June 2, 2017

So it Seems We May See Chance Adams in 2017


The New York Yankees are in first place in the American League East Division and while the Boston Red Sox are creeping up and the Toronto Blue Jays are quietly climbing out of their early season cellar they stuck themselves in the Yankees don’t seem phased. New York has a plan and they are sticking to the plan, period, and that plan is the youth movement. The Yankees already have Aaron Judge potentially starting an All Star Game for them if the voting ended today, Gary Sanchez taking over the league behind the dish and the prospect of Gleyber Torres (more on him later) reaching the Major Leagues sooner rather than later. Having positional players is great but if the Yankees from the early to mid-2000’s taught us anything it’s that you need pitching because you simply won’t win enough of those 12-10 games to stick around in the postseason. That’s where Chance Adams comes in.

I have been talking about Adams since the year he was drafted and the young righty had finally reached Triple-A. It’s time to seriously get the discussions about him and his future with the organization started because Adams finds himself just one shuttle ride away from the Major Leagues. Who knows when that call from Yankees GM Brian Cashman will come but if he keeps dominating Triple-A hitters like he has since his call up that call may come sooner rather than later.

Adams, just 22-years old, is now considered to be the Yankees best pitching prospect and top pitching prospect in an absolutely stacked minor league system. As Adams continues to learn how to be a starter, remember the Yankees drafted him as a relief pitcher and converted him to a starter just a couple seasons ago, the right-hander is seemingly getting better and stronger the closer he gets to the Major Leagues. This week Adams made his fourth Triple-A start and he dominated Columbus holding the Clippers to just one hit and no runs with two walks and 12 strikeouts in six innings of work. The RailRiders won the game 6-0. Adams is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in Triple-A this season after posting a 4-0 record with a 1.03 ERA while in Double-A with the Trenton Thunder.


Adams is dominating and he is showing the Yankees that he has little to nothing left to prove and learn in the Minor Leagues. If CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery continue to struggle we just may see Chance Adams in the Major Leagues before July, you can bet on it. 

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