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Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: TAKE A "CHANCE" ON ASCENDING CHANCE ADAMS

After Masahiro Tanaka got bombed yet again Wednesday night to send his ERA over the 6.00, it likely has become very apparent to New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman that the team's rotation is in need of reinforcements in order for the team to hold onto their shocking first place standing in the AL East.  While Tanaka was getting destroyed, a prime shot in the arm rotation candidate for the Yanks by the name of Chance Adams was striking out 12 batters in six innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Columbus.  The latest gem from the 2015 fifth-round pick has further bolstered the talk around the game that the Yankees have a top-of-the-line pitching prospect in Adams who now carries around a sparkling 1.57 ERA in 17 innings for the team at Triple-A; which was preceded by a 1.03 ERA in 35 innings this season at Double-A.  Blessed with the potent combination of impressive control and the ability to keep the baseball in the park, Adams is doing everything he can to break down the major league door this season.  Adams has been so good in fact that he figures to be up and in the Yankees rotation by the end of June at the latest.  If Tanaka continues to perform as horrible as he has been lately, maybe even earlier would be Adams; arrival.  Either way, Adams is a major person of interest in the prospect world and while the AL East will be challenging for a guy who has just a so-so K/9 rate, an early stab in deeper leagues prior to his arrival is a decent idea.  

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