Trenton Thunder pitcher Chance Adams is interviewed on Thunder Media Day in Trenton on April 4, 2017.
By Brendan Kuty
One of the Yankees‘ best pitching prospects just moved a step away from the Bronx.
Right-hander Chance Adams was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Here’s what you need to know about the 22-year-old:
Team top prospect status: MLB.com: No. 7; Baseball America: No. 8; Fangraphs: No. 10
What he’s done this season: In six starts, Adams has a 1.03 ERA. He’s struck out 32 batters and walked 15 in 35 innings. He allowed just two runs in seven innings against the Indians’ Double-A affiliate Monday.
Scouting report from MLB.com: “Adams’ fastball was at 92-94 mph at Dallas Baptist and 94-96 in his pro debut, and last year he averaged 94 mph in Advanced Class A and 95 following a mid-June promotion to Double-A. His heater doesn’t feature a lot of life, but his combination of velocity and command makes it tough to hit. His slider has gotten harder and sharper in pro ball, arriving in the mid-80s and giving him a second well above-average pitch at times.
“Adams’ fading changeup has also blossomed as he has used it more, and his curveball ranks as his worst pitch yet still grades as average. He locates his pitches well and loves to attack hitters. He held up well during his first season as a starter, albeit while averaging five innings per outing, and New York will stretch him out further in 2017. If all continues to go well, he could finish the year in the big leagues.”
In his own words: Adams made three appearances during the Yankees’ major-league spring training. Here’s what he said he needed to improve afterward:
“I’ll focus on my changeup,” he said. “Locating it, being able to throw it where I need it and not worry about it. I understand I’m not going to be able to throw it 100 percent every single time, but at least somewhere near the zone where I might get a swing and miss rather than bury it. That and my fastball command is very important. I’d say probably those two things.”
Drafted: Fifth round, 2015, Dallas Baptist University
From: Scottsdale, Ariz.