Q&A with Yankees 5th Round Pick Chance Adams

The New York Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Chance Adams from Dallas Baptist University in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB draft. He had a 1.98 ERA in 69 inning for Dallas Baptist this season. He worked primarily as the set-up man for the team and he sits down with us for a draft day Q&A session.

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Yankees.

Chance Adams: I'm just very thankful to have the opportunity to play for such a prestigious team. And I'm gonna have a lot of fun with it.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you surprised it was the Yankees that selected you? Had you and the Yankees talked much before the draft?

Adams: We kinda talked prior to the draft. They gave me a decent idea but nothing set in stone on draft day.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you have any idea what the Yankees' organization or farm system is like?

Adams: No.

PinstripesPlus.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Adams: Fastball, slider, circle change and cutter. Fastball sits 94-98. I feel comfortable in a game at 95-96. My second best pitch is the slider. To be honest, I would like to increase my velocity a little bit and have my my pitches mastered. I'd like to get the cutter to where I can throw it whenever I want, be able to miss bats.

PinstripesPlus.com: You have starting experience will you be a reliever or be a starter for the Yankees?

Adams: I'll be a reliever, probably a middle to long guy.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Adams: I didn't have one growing up. I'd go to Diamondbacks games because I'm from Arizona but I wouldn't say they're my favorite. I really liked Willy Mays and Trevor Rosenthal currently.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Yankees' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Adams: I've been trying to be like Rosenthal. I don't know about the closing role but I'd like to be able to pitch like him.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Adams: At Missouri State we went into extras and I threw three innings and I struck out the side twice. My teammate hit a home run and I came back out in the 13th or 14th inning and ended up winning the game.

PinstripesPlus.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Adams: I'm gonna sign quickly. I'll be in Florida tomorrow [Thursday].

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?

Adams: I don't think so. I think I have the mentality that I don't get rattled very easily. I'll probably have nerves the first time I go out to pitch but I'll try to use that to my advantage. I hope I can go there and do the job they need me to do.


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