Here’s the thread to continue talking about the 2017 First Year Player Draft.
With the 1:8 pick, the Phillies selected Adam Haseley, UVA – a 6’1, 185 lb, junior outfielder. He turned 21 in April. The following is from Baseball America –
“Haseley has a winner’s pedigree, having helped Orlando’s First Academy to a 2014 NHSI title, then keying Virginia’s 2015 College World Series championship with a five-inning start in the CWS Finals. Haseley was considered a bit more of a prospect on the mound out of high school but prefers hitting and has hit his way into the first round as a junior, breaking out with more power than he’s ever shown before. Scouts still peg him as an average power hitter and knock his rotational swing, but his performance has demonstrated improved feel for hitting and an ability to make his average power play. He ranked among the national leaders in slugging, batting, hits and total bases in early May. An above-average hitter, Haseley has shown the ability to hit the ball out to all fields, controls the strike zone and has an advanced approach. He hits plenty of line drives but also has learned to loft the ball, producing more home runs. He’s also an above-average runner underway who grades out as an average defender in center field. Haseley could stick there as a pro but may slide to a corner, where his average, accurate arm could tick up as he gives up pitching. He’s an upper-80s lefthander and tremendous competitor on the mound who is ready to stop pulling double-duty and focus on hitting. Physically and in his overall game, Haseley fits a similar profile as former Expos outfielder Brad Wilkerson..”
Comments on players selected in the entire first round can be read on BA’s Draft Tracker.
With the 45th pick they selected Spencer Howard, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo – a 6’3, 210 lb, junior RHP. He turns 21 the end of July.
Howard is ranked as the 99th prospect by MLB and the 137th by BA. BA’s Hudson Belinsky ranked him as the 49th best RHP in the draft in a June 12th article.
The BA staff had him at 148 overall back on May 4th. In February, he ranked as the 8th best prospect in the Big West Conference.
Here’s a local story by KSBY San Luis Obispo News on Howard’s selection. The key points –
- Howard, named a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last week, finished second in the Big West with his 2.05 ERA and his eight wins also are No. 2. Howard struck out 97 batters, third in the conference, over 87 2/3 innings, averaging nearly 10 strikeouts per nine-inning game.
- Nationally, Howard was No. 23 in ERA, No. 71 in WHiP (1.08), No. 49 in victories, No. 58 in strikeouts and No. 91 in strikeouts per nine innings.
- A first-team All-Big West selection this spring and a graduate of Templeton High School, Howard won his last five starts and became the first Mustang starter since Kyle Anderson in 2012 to finish the year with just one loss. Last week, he earned the team’s Mike Krukow Outstanding Pitcher award.
- Though he is a sophomore, Howard was eligible for the draft because he red-shirted the 2015 season and was a third-year member of the Mustangs this spring.
The Phillies’ selections are being tracked in our 2017 Draft Tracker.
The draft continues today and includes Rounds 3-10. Coverage will start at 1:00 PM ET, live on MLB.com. Preview show starts at 12:30 PM ET.
Rounds 11-40 will conclude on Wednesday on MLB.com with the 11th round starting at noon.
The draft tracker and the daily draft discussions will be included under “2017 Draft Discussions and Picks” selection on the menu under “The Draft”.
I have seen the speculation on where Haseley will start his Phillies career. I would hasten to point out that Scott Kingery and Kyle Martin spent a week in Clearwater at the Complex after they signed on June 16, 2015, working out separate from the GCL team. They were both assigned to Lakewood on June 25, 2015.