School: University of Virginia; Class: Junior
Position: OF/LHP; B/T: L/L
Height: 6-1; Weight: 195
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: Tucked away in the shadows of another two-way player, Louisville’s Brendan McKay, Haseley – nonetheless – is forcing people to take note of his work on both sides of the ball for the Cavaliers in 2017. As a true freshman three years ago, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound southpaw/center fielder hit a mediocre .250/.355/.322 with 11 doubles, a trio of triples, and one dinger. On the mound, Haseley appeared in 11 games, five of which were starts, throwing a combined 28.2 innings with 17 strikeouts and 11 walks en route to tallying a 2.20 ERA.
The Florida native followed that up with a breakout year on both sides of the ball in 2016: he slugged a robust .304/.377/.502 with 19 doubles, six triples, six homeruns, and three stolen bases; as a hurler he tossed 78.0 innings, the second most innings behind 2016 second round pick Connor Jones, with a ho-hum 48-to-21 strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 1.73 ERA.
Haseley spent last summer playing for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League. In 41 games, he batted .266/.352/.392 with seven doubles, one triples, and three homeruns. He failed to make an appearance on the mound though.
This season, as with many of the draft class’s top juniors, Haseley’s elevated his production level. Through his first 50 games, he’s set career bests in average (.390), on-base percentage (.491), slugging percentage (.659), homeruns (14), stolen bases (10), strikeout-to-walk rate (21-to-44), and strikeout rate (7.30 K/9).
Projection: Unlike his two-way counterpart at Louisville, there’s very little debate that his long term future is already decided. He’s a solid Division I pitcher, one that would likely get a few sniffs around the middle rounds, but his patience and developing power make him a potential Top 10 pick come June.
Similarly with nearly every other notable Virginia hitting prospect, Haseley displays an impeccable feel for the strike zone. He’s currently sporting a 103-to-111 strikeout-to-walk ratio and he’s walked in over 15% of his plate appearances in 2017. The power’s ticked up from a slightly below-average skill set to one that profiles as a 15-homer threat in the professional ranks. Whether or not he can hack it in center field given his lack of blistering speed, is an entirely different question.
Consider the following little tidbit:
- Since 2011, here’s a list of collegiate hitters that have hit at least .380/.470/.650 with a strikeout rate below 10% and a walk rate of at least 14% (minimum 200 PA): Adam Haseley (who currently exceeds each of those thresholds at the time of this writing).
Haseley looks like a slightly lesser version of former Razorback outfielder (and current Red Sox stud) Andrew Benintendi. As far as ceiling goes, his is a .290/.360/.430.
Ceiling: 4.0- to 4.5-win player
Floor: 1.5-win player
Risk (Pitcher): Moderate
Grade: First Round