BALTIMORE — Though all is relatively well with the big-league rotation, Chance Adams is giving the Yankees something to think about.
Or, to use a form of an oft-used phrase of GM Brian Cashman, “dream big on.”
Adams, the organization’s top pitching prospect, continued his domination of Triple-A hitters on Wednesday. The 22-year old, making his fourth start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowed one hit and two walks and struck out 12 in six shutout innings of a 6-0 victory over Columbus.
Adams is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA since being promoted from Double-A Trenton, where he went 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA.
“He could be the starter they’re looking for,” said one opposing team scout who covers the Yankees’ organization and was at Wednesday’s outing. “Power breaking stuff and a plus-fastball.”
The scout said Adams’ fastball sat 93-96 mph and his slider, which many consider to be his best pitch, was at 84-88.
“Every pitching prospect, even the top guys, have a bad one, where they just don’t have anything,” said another opposing team scout who has seen a lot of Adams. “Haven’t seen one yet.”
Adams is 23-3 with a 1.96 ERA in his minor league career, which began in 2015 with High-A Tampa.
Didi Gregorius, hit on the left hand with a pitch Tuesday night, was given Wednesday night off even though X-rays were negative..
“He has some swelling,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a little bit better today but we figured a day off would probably help it.”
Gregorius said he expects to be back Thursday night in Toronto.
Righthander Bryan Mitchell, who allowed two unearned runs Tuesday, was optioned to Scranton and RHP Giovanny Gallegos was recalled.
“We feel Mitch needs to get some consistent reps,” Girardi said. “He’ll go down there and start. I believe he’s really going to help us at some point this year, I do.”