The Yankees continue their pitcher-heavy draft by selecting right-handed reliever Chance Adams out of Dallas Baptist with their fifth round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Adams has worked as a setup man for Dallas Baptist this season, pitching 69 innings with a 1.98 ERA and a 12.66 K/9. Chance is ranked 20th in the state of Texas and 245th overall by Baseball America.
Adams stands 6'0" and 205 pounds, and his mid 90s fastball that Jim Callis of MLB.com said was easily at 95 or 96 mph seems to be his calling card. He mixes in a slider that gives him two plus pitches, which is plenty for a solid reliever. The Dallas Baptist bullpen was full of promising arms, and Adams was able to work his way into a trusted late-innings role because of his impressive repertoire.
While at Yavapai Junior College for his first two seasons, Adams temporarily transitioned into the rotation from the bullpen before transferring to Dallas Baptist and moving back into the bullpen for good. He excelled against tough competition, despite being young for the level.