Chance Adams, 21, was born two days before MLB players went on strike in 1994. He was a 5th round pick of the Yankees in 2015, and appeared in 14 games as a reliever last year, striking out 45 hitters in 35 innings with a fastball that sometimes reached 100 mph.
The Yankees, though, took a chance and converted him to a starter in 2016, and the results, while under-the-radar, have been outstanding.
In 19 starts (12 at single-A, and 7 at double-A), Adams is 10-0 with a 2.40 ERA. In 97.2 innings, he has struck out 111 batters and yielded just a .169 batting average against, allowing 29 walks and 8 home runs.
In his last five starts for Trenton, he has allowed a grand total of seven hits. Here’s his stat lines:
June 29th: 7 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 7 K
July 4th: 4 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 K
July 9th: 6 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 6 K
July 16th: 6 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 8 K
July 21st: 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 5 strikeouts
Aside from his triple digits fastball, Adams also features a nasty slider. He is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on. Here’s some video: