The Yankees’ rotation plans continue to get thrown into disarray. Earlier this week, the newly acquired J.A. Happ came down with hand, foot and mouth disease, and Sonny Gray was demoted to the bullpen in favor of Lance Lynn. Now, after Saturday’s scheduled starter, Luis Cessa, was forced into action last night against the Red Sox, the Yankees will call up Chance Adams to make his MLB debut tomorrow in Boston, Joel Sherman reports.
Adams was a highly regarded prospect entering the year, with Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, and Baseball Prospectus all ranking him among their top 100 prospects. The sheen has worn off the 23-year-old right-hander, though. He has struggled with Triple-A Scranton, posting a 4.50 ERA and 4.4 BB/9 rate in 21 starts this season. That represents a drop-off from his strong 2017 campaign, which saw him post a 2.45 ERA in 150.1 innings across two levels.
In light of Adams’ down season, MLB Pipeline dropped him all the way down to 13th on their updated ranking of the Yankees’ top 30 prospects. Adams still sports a four-pitch mix that gives him options to work through opposing lineups, but he has reportedly lost a bit of velocity this year, sitting in the lower 90’s on his four-seamer, and his spike in walks would suggest an erosion of his control and command as well.
Still, Adams has some pedigree, and has pitched much better of late, including a stellar 7.1-inning outing his last start. This will likely be just a spot start, with Happ on the mend and Cessa apparently the Yankees’ preferred sixth starter at the moment, but it will be interesting to see what Adams can do on the big stage.