Less than two years since being drafted eighth overall, The First Academy alum, Adam Haseley, has reached the big leagues.
The First Academy graduate Adam Haseley has been on the fast track to the majors long before he was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.
The Windermere, FLA native, was a three-time all-district player while at TFA, and a vital member of the 2013 18U USA squad that went to Taiwan and won a gold medal.
In his freshman year, Haseley was handed the ball in Game 2 of the College World Series, as his University of Virginia Cavaliers defeated Vanderbilt 3-0 on the back of five scoreless innings pitched. One day later, the Cavs won their first-ever College World Series title.
Haseley’s sophomore year is when his two-way star status came into focus, as he was named a finalist for the John Olerud Award.
Pitching to a 9-3 record and 1.73 ERA, combined with a .304 batting average culminated in him being named a third-team All-American by Baseball America.
However, it was Haseley’s junior year production that caught the full attention of MLB executives.
Leading the ACC with a .390 batting average, Haseley hit 14 home runs and drove in 56 runs while racking up 44 walks and only 21 strikeouts.
A first-team All-American, all-ACC team selection and John Olerud finalist, yet again, resulted in Haseley being selected by the Phillies with the eighth overall pick in 2017 MLB Draft.
Flying through the minor leagues
In his first full minor league season, the Phillies decided that Haseley’s bat was too important to use him as a pitcher further.
Thus, his sharpened focus at the plate and improved outfield defense catapulted him three farm system levels.
One year later, The First Academy’s former star spent time at High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading where he combined to slash .305/.361/.433 with 77 runs scored, 17 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs and 55 RBIs across 466 at-bats.
Haseley’s production earned him a Phillies Organizational All-Star selection — and got him one step closer to the show.
However, an offseason that saw the Phils spend millions on outfielders such as Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen kept Haseley stationed at Double-A to begin 2019.
After a slow start (2-for-24), Haseley proceeded to go 39-for-129 with seven doubles, seven homers, 19 RBIs and a .971 OPS. Forty-one games later, Haseley was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
But as fate would have it, after only six games with his new club, the 23-year-old was called up to the majors.
Following center fielder Odubel Herrera being laced on administrative leave following his arrest for domestic assault — and $50 million-man Andrew McCutchen being lost for the season with a torn ACL, Haseley became the man of the hour.
And so on Wednesday, Haseley recorded his first major league hit – breaking a 5-5 tie versus the Padres with an RBI double down the left-field line. He’d soon score to put the game out of reach, 7-5.
How long Haseley sticks in Philly is likely dependent on the health of the 25-man roster, the amount of playing time he receives, and what he does with it.
One person that isn’t concerned about Haseley’s game transitioning to the next level is Tyler Henson, Haseley’s former hitting coach at Double-A Reading. Per Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Expectation-wise, I think he’s fine,” Henson said. “He’s handled it in the minor leagues really well. I was fortunate enough to get to watch all four at-bats [of his major-league debut], and every time they showed him on deck, he looked like there
waszero nerves in him.”
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