Wednesday, January 25, 2017
As such Cashman didn’t flinch even when I asked if Adams might eventually blossom into the ace the Yankees figure to be searching for in the next few years as they try to rebuild their way back to a championship level.
“He’ll get baptized at Triple-A this year and we’ll see where it goes,’’ Cashman said. “It can happen, though. Corey Kluber was a fourth-round pick who was a late bloomer. He was in Triple-A at age 25.
“Or look at Kyle Hendricks (eighth-round pick by Rangers): he was a throw-in on a trade for Ryan Dempster and he led the league in ERA (for the Cubs) last year.”
Adams potentially profiles more like Kluber, the 2014 AL Cy Young winner, with his power stuff that starts with a mid-90s fastball that has been clocked as high as 98 mph.
Sure, I am hoping Adams turns out to be the best pitcher in the American League too. But I wouldn’t bet on it happening.
He’s a very fascinating prospect though, and I look forward to seeing what he does this year.