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The stud arms of Yankees future don’t want to wait much longer.

TAMPA — A year ago at this time, James Kaprielian was the top pitching prospect in the Yankees’ minor league system. Less than a month into the season, Kaprielian learned he would have to undergo Tommy John surgery and then the right-hander was sent to the A’s in July as part of the deal that...
Time: 18:30     Date: 14.02.2018
Last US Sport News: The stud arms of Yankees future don’t want to wait much longer. NY Post 24 - US News

Less than a month into the season, Kaprielian learned he would have to undergo Tommy John surgery and then the right-hander was sent to the A’s in July as part of the deal that brought Sonny Gray to The Bronx.

Kaprielian’s departure left Chance Adams, Dillon Tate and Justus Sheffield as some of the best arms the Yankees have — and while there doesn’t appear to be any room for them at the major league level, all three will be watched closely, since the Yankees will undoubtedly need more than five starters this season.

“We really do feed off each other,” Sheffield said Wednesday prior to the team’s first workout of the spring. “That’s going to push us.”

Sheffield will turn 22 in May and dealt with a strained oblique that limited him to 19 games last year before he returned for the playoffs with Double-A Trenton and then the Arizona Fall League, where he pitched well.

“I just have to focus on me,” said Sheffield, who was part of the return when Andrew Miller was sent to the Indians in 2016. “They’re gonna call me up whenever they think I’m ready. For me to push and push won’t do anything, but I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t want to be in The Bronx tomorrow. I know I have to focus and produce, though.”

Adams, 23, went a combined 15-5 with a 2.69 ERA in 27 starts split between Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. That, after he went 13-1 with a 2.33 ERA with Class-A Tampa and Trenton in his first full season as a pro out of Dallas Baptist University.

Adams was one of the prospects whose name surfaced in trade rumors during the offseason, and the right-hander admitted he noticed.

“I saw it,” said Adams, selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. “I didn’t watch every second of it. My goal is to get to The Bronx this season. I’d love to see it happen. But that’s up to me to execute.”

He went 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA with Trenton after dazzling in nine starts with Tampa.

“For me, health is the biggest thing,” said Tate, also 23. “I’ve played with Sheffield at Trenton and I’ve seen Chance throw and I think we can build on what everyone else is doing. That’s what this spring is about for me, to learn from anyone I can.”

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