Adam Haseley, David Parkinson named Phillies prospects of the year
MLB Pipeline named pitcher David Parkinson and outfielder and 2017 first-round draft pick Adam Haseley the Phillies prospects of the year.
With the regular season complete, several prospect outlets are releasing their awards for the year. MLB Pipeline selected the prospects of the year from each farm system, announcing the results Thursday. Phillies pitching prospect David Parkinson and outfielder Adam Haseley were named the organization’s prospects of the year.
Haseley took a major step forward after a solid but unspectacular professional debut last year. The 2017 No. 8 overall pick hit .284 with a .761 OPS in 58 games between the Gulf Coast League, short-season Williamsport, and Low-A Lakewood.
Haseley started off the year strong in High-A Clearwater, posting a .300/.343/.415 line with five home runs and 38 RBI in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. He only walked in 5.4% of plate appearances there but also only struck out 15.3% of the time.
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Haseley really started to hit once he was promoted to Double-A Reading. In 39 games, he had an .880 OPS, batted .316, walked 10.1% of the time, and collected 10 extra-base hits. His 148 wRC+ was eighth-best in the Eastern League among players with 150 or more plate appearances.
Altogether, Haseley finished the season with a .305/.361/.433 line, 11 home runs, 55 runs batted in, and 202 total bases in 118 games. Haseley was ranked as the No. 100 prospect by Baseball America and No. 95 by MLB Pipeline before the season; that number should rise in this year’s set of prospect rankings.
While Haseley has quite the draft pedigree, Parkinson is far less known. He was selected in the 12th round of last year’s draft from Ole Miss, 345 spots behind Haseley. Parkinson proved that didn’t matter as the two both received the same award.
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The lefty spent most of the year in Lakewood, making 17 starts for the BlueClaws. In that time, he had a minuscule 1.51 ERA, 2.48 fielding-independent pitching, 30.0% strikeout rate, and 1.05 WHIP. He would have won the ERA title if he was not promoted to Clearwater for the last month of the season. Baseball America named Parkinson the Low-A pitcher of the year in September.
Parkinson was still effective after his promotion, allowing just four runs in five appearances in Clearwater. His strikeout rate dropped but was still great 24.1% or 10.86 batters per nine innings.
The 22-year-old Parkinson is quickly rising up prospect rankings after being a relative unknown coming into the year. He was already at No. 19 in MLB.com’s rankings at midseason and he could move up even further after his strong full-season debut.