My 1st look at Adam Haseley, CF/LF, Lakewood

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Hey guys, I took a run over to Kannapolis for the weekend to see the Intimidators (White Sox) take on the Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies).  It was a fruitful trip as I was able to see Haseley, Gavin Sheets and Adonis Medina.  The only miss was Dylan Cease who threw the day before I went.

Adam Haseley, age 21, listed, 6’1″ 195 lbs, bats and throws left.  He was drafted 8th overall in the 2017 draft by the Phillies out of the Univ of Virginia.

Haseley looks pretty well put together, with Popeye forearms.  I guessed 6’1″ 200 lbs on the field.  He could add another 10-15 lbs of muscle though that could cost him a step.

At the dish, Haseley hits from an semi open stance and a moderate crouch.  He keeps his hands high and uses a toe tap for timing.  He’s got a wide stance and is very well balanced.  He stays pretty quiet pre pitch.  The swing is short, fast and linear, his game right now is sharp grounders and low line drives between the gaps.  He hits the ball where it’s pitched.  He’s quick to the baseball and should hit for fairly high contact (about 80%).  He’s got a patient approach and sees a lot of pitches.  Many of the strikeouts will be the result of long AB’s. I would expect the walk rates to be north of 10%.  As long as he stays willing to use all fields its possible the hit could reach plus.

The raw power is 60 right now, the exit velocity is impressive.  He’s capable of hitting the ball out of any part of the park.  With current approach the HR’s likely won’t exceed mid teens with lots of doubles and triples.  If he finds some lift perhaps that total could get into the upper 20’s.

Haseley’s a plus runner underway.  I watched him hit a triple yesterday and he can motor.   Could be a 15-20 SB threat.

Defensively I watched Haseley play CF on Saturday and LF yesterday.  He seems to track fly balls well and shows good range.  I didn’t get a great read on the arm yet.  He’ll be fine in the short and medium run in CF, he may have to shift to a corner in his late 20’s.

I enjoyed watching Haseley he’s a very good athlete.  He does everything well, sort of in the Bregman/Benintendi mold.  We could be getting a player that hits 280 with 350+ OBP with 20+ HR and 15 steals.  An ideal leadoff or 2 hole hitter and potentially a 1st division regular.  He should be a fast mover.  If he gets to Double-A in the 2nd half of next year, he could debut after the super two’s in 2019.

Here we get several good looks at Haseley’s swing courtesy of “Vincent Cervino”.

 

Up next at Notes is a piece on Kanny 1B, Gavin Sheets a 2nd rd draft pick by the White Sox in the most recent draft.

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