New York Yankees Pitching Prospect Chance Adams Off To Filthy Start
Feb 22, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) checks the clouds for rain during a rain shortened MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees right-handed pitching prospect Chance Adams has come out the gate strong for the Trenton Thunder. 

Ever wonder why right-handed pitcher Chance Adams is listed as the New York Yankees eighth-best prospect? Wonder no more.

Facing the Portland Seadogs on Thursday night, Adams cruised through 5.2 innings of work with eight strikeouts in an eventual 6-4 win by New York’s Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder. The most impressive aspect of the 22-year old’s start was that he turned in four innings of no-hit ball at Arm & Hammer Park.

Before letting up a leadoff single in the fifth to Rafael Devers, Adams turned in 9.2 innings of no-hit ball to begin the season coming off a major league camp in Tampa in which he struck out five over four innings of work across three appearances for the Yankees.

Last season, between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, New York’s fifth-round pick of the 2015 major league baseball draft went 13-1 in 25 games (24 starts) with a 2.33 ERA including 144 strikeouts in 127.1 innings. He went 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in 11 starts at Tampa before posting an 8-1 record and a 2.09 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) in Jersey.

Adams’ strikeout per nine inning ratio also jumped from 10.2 to 11.2 after the jump to improved play while his opponent’s batting average dipped from a stellar .196 to an unimaginable .145 upon his promotion.

He has picked up right where he left off here in 2017, as he now owns a 2-0 record and a 0.79 ERA while allowing just four hits through his first two starts.

It’s tough to place a major league ETA on him, especially considering the fact that he’s only in Double-A, but with the injury to James Kaprielian and the delicacy of the big league rotation, there are outside chances for hurlers like Adams to make a quick climb up the minor league ladder. Heck, just ask Jordan Montgomery.