After selecting high school outfielder Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick a year ago, the Philadelphia Phillies selected another outfielder in Adam Haseley out of Virginia, who was ranked as the 10th best prospect by MLB.com, with the eighth pick in this year’s draft. The Phillies were extremely high on Haseley, who was a two-way player at Virginia, but the Phillies drafted him more for his skills as an outfielder rather than his skills as a pitcher.
As a pitcher though, Haseley was a southpaw, who won seven games this season for the Cavaliers with a 3.58 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings pitched. Haseley only walked 18 batters and held opponents to a .240 batting average against him.
As an outfielder, Haseley was an All-American for the second straight season and finished this season with his best offensive numbers yet. Haseley batted .390 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI’s. Haseley led the ACC in batting (.390) and OBP (.491), second in runs (68), third in slugging (.659) fourth in hits (87), fourth in walks (44), eighth in RBI (56) and ninth in home runs (14).
What’s most impressive is his on-base percentage, which was a whopping .490 that was helped along by his high walk rate and contributed to him reaching base safely in 57 of 58 games, including 40 straight games to round out the season. In 223 at-bats, Haseley walked 44 times compared to only striking out 21 times, and it’s rare seeing someone whose walk rate is higher than his strikeout rate. This demonstrates Haseley can control the strike zone well and it’s something the Phillies really liked about him.
Haseley uses the entire field at the plate and his swing has been more of an inside-out type swing from the left side due to his home ballpark at Virginia, but we should see more of pull power side from him as he progresses through the minor-league levels. Haseley projects as a high-average guy with his power levels unknown right now. The Cavalier will not blow you away on the base paths, but he does have above-average speed.
Haseley is a pretty solid fielder who has the capability of playing center field, but it’s too early to know if that’s where he will end up. He will have the ability to play all three outfield positions with an average arm, which gives a lot of versatility.
This is the first time the Phillies have used a top pick to select a college bat since 2000 when the club drafted Chase Utley with the 15th overall pick. Expect the Phillies to take a lot of college pitching with the majority of their remaining picks because you know Matt Klentak can’t get enough of pitching depth.