Coming in at #2 in the Yankees Minor League system, 23 yr old, Chance Adams.
ETA: 2018 Position: RHP
Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Slider: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
One of five pitchers on Dallas Baptist's 2015 staff who could reach the mid-90s, Adams delighted the Yankees by dominating in a relief role and reaching Advanced Class A in his pro debut after signing as a fifth-rounder. Though he looked like he could rush to the big leagues as a reliever and his only starting experience in college came as a sophomore at Yavapai (Ariz.) JC, they decided to try him in the rotation last year. The move was a spectacular success, as his stuff held firm and he led the Minors in winning percentage (13-1, .929) and opponents' average (.169) while ranking second in WHIP (0.90).
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.
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