Former Yankees pitching prospect Chance Adams will not pitch in 2021 due to injury. He may not (even) ever pitch again at age 25. What now?
Chance Adams was once the top starting pitcher prospect in the Yankees farm system. Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 5th round of the 2015 amateur draft, Adams at one point had accumulated a 39-16, 3.24 ERA record while climbing gracefully up the ladder and on his way (everyone said) to the Bronx.
But sometimes, and these are the baseball stories that compel me to keep writing, there is no gold at the end of the journey, and despite all the hard work and trying, it’s just not enough.
Chance Adams: The Latest Turn…
Chance Adams And The Human Side Of Baseball
These stories in major league baseball are a dime a dozen, especially at this time of the year when veteran players are hanging on for that one last paycheck and wannabees walking anywhere but the vicinity of their manager’s office where they might be spotted and summoned for “the call” telling them – “We like you, but I’m afraid you’re out.”
Chance Adams knows the feeling – he’s been there as many as six times while the Yankees squished their roster down to the required limit.
Go down gracefully, and don’t cause a fuss while you burn inside. Do your job at Scranton Triple-A, stay in shape – because (you know) there will be your time.
There was never a time though for Chance Adams, and to be fair to the Yankees on the few occasions they chose to grace him with a presence in “The Show,” he underperformed with a 1-2 record with a dastardly 8.42 ERA over 22 games and three seasons.
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But to digress a moment and to make a point, we are not talking about ballplayers like Francisco Lindor, Fernando Tatis, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, etc., who are blessed with an athletic talent that catapults them to the heights of major league baseball, despite their treatment by their parent clubs on the way up.
No, because we know that often it’s a “break” that leads to a career in major league baseball. The kiss of life is as certain as the kiss of death, as witnessed during the Yankees 2017 Spring Training, when then Yankee’s manager Joe Girardi bestowed on Jordan Montgomery a notice that, “Oh, I like him. We like him.”
And from that moment on, Montgomery became the beneficiary of Yankees treatment and faith even in light of injury setbacks that make him a risk even as the Yankees install him in their starting rotation for the 2021 season.
Now, the comparison between Montgomery and Adams is foolhardy, and any attempt to go there is not justified in terms of performance by both pitchers.
But it can be said that there but for fortune goes Chance Adams.
A year or more of pain and rehab is in store for Chance Adams before he can even step on a major league mound to face hitters again.
By then, he’ll be 27 and supposedly in the prime years of his career. In the meantime, life intervenes, and Chance was all set to make Mackenzie his wife in January of 2020.
Over the course of his career to date, Chance Adams has earned $556,725. How much of that is left is none of our business, but we do know this.
The Kansas City Royals are not libeled to pay Chance Adams a dime, according to Spotrac.
Chance Adams: So, What Does The Future Hold?
So, where does he go from here? Suck it up, do the rehab, and hope for the best? Or, maybe it’s time to think about a new career. Perhaps it’s time to re-enroll at Dallas Baptist University, where he completed two years of study before accepting the Yankees offer.
Or perhaps, do the rehab, get healthy, and hope to sign on with a team willing to take a flyer on a minor league contract subject to recall at any time?
Or maybe, he’ll become one of those baseball “lifers” like Don Zimmer, or his former pitching coach with the Yankees Larry Rothschild, who never excelled as a pitcher himself but found his way as a teacher.
With no immediate access to Chase Adams, I can only surmise his feelings.
But these are the stories I find worthy of writing – with wonderment as to how the “other half” lives in baseball today.
So that when I hear of the extravagant contracts and salaries offered and accepted by the elite in baseball, it gives me, and perhaps you, pause to remember the trail of so many others who never attain those heights.
Though, if I were to take a moment to reflect, I’d take the journey Chance Adams has been on in a split second…