Full name ERIC MICHAEL HAASE...Married, Maria...Two kids, Santino and Francesca...Graduated from Divine Child High School (Dearborn, MI) in 2011, playing on two state championship teams... Division II First-Team All-State pick by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association as a junior and senior...As a senior was named "Mr. Baseball" by Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association, an annual award given to Michigan's top prep player...Other notable Michigan "Mr. Baseball" winners: Steve Avery (1988), Derek Jeter (1992), J.J. Putz (1995), Drew Henson (1998), Zach Putnam (2005), D.J. LeMahieu (2007)...Was committed to The Ohio State University prior to signing with the Indians out of high school...Was the first prep player taken out of the state of Michigan in the 2011 draft... Enjoyed watched Ivan Rodriguez growing up in Detroit.
Posted career-best numbers with the RubberDucks, batting .258 with 26 home runs, 59 RBI and 59 runs scored across 95 games...His 26 home runs led the team and ranked third in both the Eastern League and the Tribe's organization (27 homers between Akron and Columbus) ...Ranked second in the Eastern League in slugging pct (.574) and OPS (.923)...Ranked first and third, respectively, in slugging (.570) and OPS (.930) in the organization for the year...Called up to Columbus on August 31...Set an Akron record with 15 home runs in Canal Park. The 24-year-old catcher was named Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of July 3-9 after batting .400 (10/25) with two doubles, one triple, four home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored in six games played...He was also selected to his first ever All-Star team, earning Postseason All-Star honors after batting .260 with 13 homers and 29 RBI in July and August...Batted .298 (25/84) off LHP with Akron with 8 HR & 19 RBI (1.058 OPS)...Added to 40-man roster on Nov. 6...Rated the 8th-best prospect in the Indians system by ESPN's Keith Law and 10th-best prospect entering 2018 by Baseball Prospectus.