PHILADELPHIA -- If Adam Haseley plays anything like the last college hitter the Phillies took in the first round of the Draft, they will be thrilled.The Phillies selected selected Haseley, an outfielder from the University of Virginia, with the eighth overall pick on Monday night. Seventeen years earlier, they took
PHILADELPHIA -- If Adam Haseley plays anything like the last college hitter the Phillies took in the first round of the Draft, they will be thrilled.
The Phillies selected selected Haseley, an outfielder from the University of Virginia, with the eighth overall pick on Monday night. Seventeen years earlier, they took Chase Utley with the 15th overall pick, and he became the greatest second baseman in franchise history.
Haseley, 21, hit .390 with 16 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs, 56 RBIs, a .491 on-base percentage and a .659 slugging percentage in 58 games in his junior season with the Cavaliers. He also went 7-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 11 starts, but his future with the Phillies is in the outfield.
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"It doesn't feel real at all," Haseley said in a telephone interview Monday night.
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The Phillies believe they got a talented athlete who could hit 20-25 home runs per season in the big leagues. Haseley, who is 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, has been compared to Mickey Moniak, who the Phillies selected with the first overall pick in the 2016 Draft. Haseley said he grew up modeling his game -- and the way he wore his uniform in high school -- to Jacoby Ellsbury, but he considers himself his own man these days.
"He's got outstanding ability, outstanding tools," Phillies amateur scouting director Johnny Almaraz said.. "He can run, he can throw, he can hit and he can hit with power. He's got incredible intangibles for the game. He's got outstanding makeup, what we consider makeup, his character, his intelligence, his field awareness. He's really good."
Haseley, who is happy to concentrate on hitting full time, walked 44 times and struck out just 21 times, which the Phillies certainly loved.
"Command of the strike zone," Almaraz said. "He's everything you look for in a hitter. He's patient. He's disciplined. When he gets his pitch, he's very aggressive. He attacks it and tries to impact the baseball. And that's what we want."
Haseley walked just 14 times and struck out 36 times in 41 games in the Cape Cod League last summer.
"It helps you in more ways than you think, being able to get on base when you're struggling," Haseley said. "You can draw a walk and build some momentum with that. It's something you have to put a lot of mental focus on. It's how disciplined you can be."
The Phillies had numerous scouts look at Haseley over the past year. That includes heavy hitters like former general manager Pat Gillick, former manager Charlie Manuel and Terry Ryan, the former Twins GM and current special assignment scout. Of course, they also double-dipped, taking a look at Haseley's teammate and roommate Pavin Smith, who the D-Backs selected with the seventh overall pick.
Haseley and Smith are the first position players from the same college to both go in the top 10 since Oklahoma State's Monty Fariss (No. 6 overall) and Robin Ventura (No. 10) in 1988.
Haseley watched the Draft from home in Florida with family and friends. Next up is signing and beginning his career. He said he hopes to sign quickly.
"I'm just super excited to get started and go through the process," Haseley said. "I've already went a week without playing baseball since last week when we ended our Virginia season. I'm looking forward to continuing to play this summer, into the fall and just getting started."
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.