Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #3 – Adam Haseley

Adam Haseley was your selection as the #3 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Haseley received 67 of the 207 votes cast (30.88%).  The next three positions went to Alec Bohm (51 votes, 23.50%), Spencer Howard (41 votes, 18.89%), and Luis Garcia (39 votes, 17.97%) before a significant drop off to the other twelve vote recipients who received a total of 19 votes.

As expected, Haseley began the 2018 season with the Advanced-A Clearwater Threshers.  He posted solid numbers and was promoted to Double-A Reading.

Haseley was remarkably consistent at Clearwater.  He got hits in all but 15 of his 79 games there, went hitless in back-to-back games only twice, and after the first time he went on a 13 game hit streak followed by a 14 game streak.  He finished his 79 Threshers’ games with a slash of .300/.343/.415/.758, 13 doubles, 5 triples, 5 HR, 7/10 steals, 19 walks, and 54 strike outs in 354 plate appearances.

Haseley went on to Reading and hit the ground running (although Mythbusters proved you can’t actually do that)  In 39 games, he slashed .316/.403/.478/.880 with 4 doubles, 6 HR, 16 walks, and 19 strike outs in 159 plate appearances.

Adam Haseley was the Phillies’ first round selection in the 2017 Amateur Draft (#8 overall) out of the University of Virginia.  He was a member of the USA Under-14 Team in 2010 and a member of the 2014 USA National High School Invitational championship team.  He was named to the IBAF All-Star Team as an outfielder and was Team USA’s leading hitter.

At Virginia, Haseley earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors in 2015.  In 2016, he ranked second in the ACC in ERA (1.73) and ninth nationally.  He was named Third-Team All-American by Baseball America and NCBWA.  In 2017, he was named First-Team All-American (as an outfielder) by ABCA, Baseball America, and D1Baseball; Second-Team All-American (utility) by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game; and First-Team All-ACC (OF). He batted .390/.491/.659/1.150 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs leading his team in batting, hits, home runs, runs, doubles, walks and total bases.

In 2017, Haseley began his professional career by tearing up the GCL .583/.643/.833/1.476 in just 3 games.  He posted a reasonable .270/.350/.380/.730 at Williamsport before tapering off at Lakewood.  The long season comprising his junior collegiate year and 58 professional games likely took its toll.

Haseley had a combined .284/.357/.405/.761 across 3 minor league levels.  He walked 22 times (8.9%) and struck out 44 (17.9%) times in 246 plate appearances.  He hit 3 HR, 28 RBI, and stole 6 bases in 11 attempts.

I would not be surprised if Haseley receives a spring invite to major league camp and is invited to attend the prospects seminar in Philadelphia this month.  He could start the season in Lehigh Valley, but if outside events go the Phillies way, a return to Reading is likely.

The poll for the #4 prospect will be posted in a separate thread.

Here are the complete results for the #3 poll.

24 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #3 – Adam Haseley

  1. Another cool stat for Haseley is that he hits the ball more to the opposite field than he pulls it. That skill translates well for BA at higher levels.

    His biggest area of improvement is that he hits the ball too much on the ground. Needs to get it in the air more. But that is an adjustment that he can make with his great contact skills and approach.

    As I have said on other posts, my comp for him is Brian Anderson of Marlins.

    https://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=18289&position=3B/OF

    1. If he turns into some variation of what Brian Anderson was last year – a clear first division regular – he will turn out to have been a very fine draft pick.

      1. Haseley is a guy I could also see spending the equivalent of a full year or more at AAA and that experience benefitting him just as it did players like Chase Utley (who spent a LOT of time in AAA, to good effect). I think he has the hit tool to be fine in the big leagues, but he will really excel if he can figure out how to drive the ball regularly against good pitching.

            1. Agreed, but still. Also, unlike Haseley, Utley also spent a full year in Clearwater. He was in the minors for 3 1/2 years. Haseley’s only been in the minors a year and a half.

    2. Curious V1 why you chose such an immature player as Adam’s comp and from the right side. I’m going to dream on him a bit and say he could be a healthy Adam Eaton.

      I also like his LHP splits which are a near 8% BB Rate and only a 14% K Rate. There is a lot to like about Haseley.

          1. I don’t like the Nimmo Comp:
            1. Nimmo is considerably bigger than Haseley
            2. Nimmo had exceptional walk rates in the minors. Haseley has not shown anything close to that.
            3. Nimmo has far more power currently than Haseley ever will.

            In his age 25 season in the majors, Nimmo had a 15% walk rate and 17 homers. Nothing in his profile suggests that Haseley can come close to either of those stats.

            1. Disagreeing on a prospect is not the same as not getting along. We respect each other. Just have different views. Makes things more interesting.

        1. No chance Haseley turns out to Benitendi. Completely different tool set. Benitendi has a 70 grade hit tool. he had higher walk rates than k rates in the minors. and he has far more power and hits more balls in the air than on the round (opposite of Haseley). Nothing alike.

      1. I don’t understand what you mean by “immature player”. I like Brian as a comp because I believe the type of offensive production that he had last year is a realistic upside scenario. Good contact and walk rates. Limited power. non-existent steals. .273/.357/.400 seems like a realistic outcome for Haseley.

        I don’t see Eaton as a comp.
        1. Their body types are very different. Eaton is short and fast
        2. Eaton is very fast. He had very good SB numbers in the minors.
        3. Eaton has much, much higher walk rates in the minors.

  2. I hope Haseley can continue to improve his launch angle. If he can turn ground balls into line drives he can have a big future. I’m pretty sure he’ll start the year in Reading but get promoted quickly if he starts out well.

    1. Agreed, that is the key to his development. has to turn ground balls into line drives.

      In AA, he had a 1.62 GB/FB rate. That is not good. And he had a .327 BABIP, which means that he got lucky to have such a good batting average with that many ground balls.

      1. Why are you under the impression he got lucky with his BABIP? He’s not a pitcher; batters’ BABIP vary wildly. Plus GB become hits more than flyballs do, so GB hitters tend to have higher BABIP. He also hit LD at a higher rate than average, which are the big BABIP boosters.

        We’ll need to wait to see where his stabilizes, but it seems disingenuous at this point to say he’s going to regress.

            1. Weird….one of the sites has it incorrect.
              But I always thought it was around the .300 mark anyway.
              And yes…..I have noticed more often than not, lefthanded batters with speed will normally have a higher BABIP than righthanded batters who have average times to first. Herrera in the minors always seem to have a BABIP approaching .380s

          1. Yeah, I’m aware of all of that. GB are best for pitchers not because they convert to outs the most often (FB do), but because they’re relatively innocuous since they convert to outs at a good rate and almost never become anything but a single.

            That doesn’t change anything I mentioned, though. .320 is pretty much where I’d expect someone’s BABIP to be with his batted ball profile. It’d still be ideal for him to hit more FB and/or LD, but I can’t see a reason to expect a BABIP regression if his current tendencies continue.

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