The Phillies were connected to the University of Virginia heavily with either Adam Haseley or Pavin Smith expected to go to Philadelphia. With Smith off the board, the Phils selected Haseley at No. 8 overall.
Regarded more as a pitcher his first two years in college, Haseley jumped onto the scene this year as a center fielder. He hit 14 home runs to go along with a .390/.491/.659 slash line in 58 games this season. In 270 plate appearances, he walked 44 times and struck out just 21 times.
There is some projection needed for his power and he may never reach average in that department. MLB.com lists him as having below-average (45 on the 20-80 scale) power, and they are usually fairly generous with their grades.
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Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz says he sees Haseley as a 20-25 home run player, but that will require a lot of development.
Haseley has above-average speed, stealing 10 bases in 14 opportunities this year. He has the potential to stay in center field, but it isn’t a certainty. With an average arm, left field may wind up being his future home.
With a 55 overall ranking from MLB.com, Haseley would slide in behind Mickey Moniak and Jorge Alfaro as the team’s No. 4 overall prospect.
Haseley isn’t a bad player by any means and I talked myself up to a B- grade on this one. However, I really wanted to see the team take a college pitcher with their first-round pick. J.D. Bukauskus and Alex Faedo, two pitchers I really wanted to see Philadelphia take, were on the board at No. 8, but the team decided to go the outfield route instead.
Haseley also joins what is a crowded outfield crop in Philadelphia’s minor-league system. He will have to compete with some combination of Mickey Moniak, Dylan Cozens, Nick Williams, Roman Quinn, and several other notable prospects in the future. Selecting Haseley only adds to the team’s future outfield logjam.