Player: Chance Adams
DOB: August 10, 1994
Affiliate: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A)
Role: Mid-rotation starter (#3 Starter)
Risk Factor: Low
MLB ETA: 2018
Fastball – Sits around 94, has touched 98. Throws the offering in all quadrants of the strike zone and generates weak contact most of the time. His command needs some refinement to establish success at the major league level.
Change Up – The change is his worst pitch needs to improve it to reach his ceiling. It features two-seam action on it, does not fade or have too much depth.
Slider – He has developed a slider over the past year or so that has the potential to be a plus pitch. The offering used to be a cutter but has since been developed to be a true slider. The pitch can look very similar to his curveball, as it features plenty of depth.
Curveball – features 12/6 break. It is his best off-speed pitch. He features it the most in his arsenal following the fastball. Will pitch backward at times once he gets through the order, throwing the curveball early and down in the count.
Does a tremendous job of repeating his delivery. His delivery is simple and does not contain a lot of moving parts, thus making it easier to repeat. Adams throws from a ¾ arm slot. His arm action is pretty free and easy, is not a maximum effort pitcher.
Adams has flown under the radar since being drafted by the Yankees out of Dallas Baptist University in the fifth round of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He was drafted as a reliever and converted to a starter when he joined the Yankees organization. To date, he has started 32 games in his young career and went 21-3 with a 1.97 ERA across five levels of the minor leagues. In Trenton and Scranton this season, Adams has a WHIP of 1.00 and held opponents to a .174 batting average against him.
Chance works very quick and pitches off his fastball. You can tell he trusts the pitch and will throw it at all times, and in any count. Has a good pace and is unquestionably a rhythm pitcher. He has a bulldog mentality and throws like a reliever. Meaning, he pitches to contact and goes right after opposing hitters. Adams is more of a fly ball pitcher which could potentially pose a problem being in Yankee Stadium. Adams controls the running game well and can field his position better than most.