The New York Yankees drafted right-handed pitcher Chance Adams in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of Dallas Baptist University. In his first professional season he saw time at 3 different levels, making his professional debut with the Staten Island Yankees before being promoted to Charleston and then again to the Tampa Yankees by the end of the season.
Tell us about your road to the draft. Did you know the Yankees had as much interested that they did What was your reaction when they called your name in the fifth round? Where were you when you found out? How did you find out?
“Well going to Dallas Baptist was the best decision I have ever made. They helped increase my velocity and prepared me mentally for playing baseball at the college level and at the professional level. No I did not know they did. I was very excited; it was such an amazing feeling. I was at my agent’s house. I was sitting next to Brian and he got a call from the Yankees.”
After signing you were sent to Staten Island to begin your career. You had 4 games with the team, all of them on the road. What was that like for you? Were you nervous to make your professional debut? Did you wish you had 1 game at home and pitch with the NYC skyline behind you?
“It was great to play in Staten [Island] it was an awesome experience. Yes, I was nervous a little bit but I feel like I was more anxious to make my debut. I really was hoping to pitch one game at Staten Island it was a great stadium.”
On July 11 you were promoted to Charleston, pitched 5 games with them before being promoted again on August 9 to Tampa. Can you tell us what was the biggest adjustment you had to make after that jump?
“Hitters have better approaches as you move up and you can see that with their pitch selection. So you need to throw more strikes and go after hitters. They have told me that they are going to try me at starting this year.”
What was the biggest improvement you made since you made your professional debut?
“My biggest improvement has been trying a new pitch, which is a slider I have been working on for some time now.”
Can you give us a little bit of a self-scouting report for the readers who haven’t seen you pitch? What pitches do you throw? Velocity? What is your approach on the mound?
“I like to attack hitters. I throw a 4 seam fastball (94-96) touches 97-98, Slurve (78-83), Circle change (84-86), Slider (85-89).”
After the season you were part of the group of prospects that had the chance to add to their season at the 2015 Florida Instructional League. What was that experience like for you? What did you work on during instructs? How do you feel you improved during that time?
“The instructional league was great it really helped me. It was a great experience and I felt honored to be a part of it. During instructs I worked on perfecting my slider because I am still working on the grip. I feel like it helped me work on my slider.”
What have you been working on this off-season? Have the Yankees or yourself set any goals for you to achieve during the off season?
“The offseason I just continued to work out and continue my weighted ball program.”
What is your outlook for 2016? What goals do you have for the season? What improvements do you want to see? Where do you want to see yourself in September?
“My outlook for 2016 is to come back and sort of start off where I left off just in a starting role instead of a reliever. My goals for the season is just to throw hard and get as many strikeouts as I can. I’m not sure where I see myself in September but I will be wherever the Yankees think I need to be.”