He was a finalist for the second straight year for the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award and was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy.
“I was super excited when I got picked, but I know a lot of mock drafts had Adam going to the Phillies“, said Smith in a Monday night teleconference after he was drafted. He struck out just 21 times in 223 at-bats, while walking 44 times.
“We drafted a pretty good athlete”, Almaraz said.
Before Monday night, Virginia had never had two former players become true first-round picks in a single Major League Baseball draft.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Haseley is the first collegiate position player selected by the Phillies in the first round since Chase Utley (UCLA) in 2000 and is the fifth player ever from the University of Virginia to be selected by Philadelphia.
“He had a sleeve and a shin guard so I would dress up in high school games to look just like him”, Haseley said in a conference call. I’ve scouted him extensively. “His hitting ability is above average and when he gets stronger that ball is going to travel some more”.
This notion that the club favors the two Virginia hitters goes completely against what I had said Sunday about them wanting a college pitcher.
Haseley thinks that right now, his contact tool is his best.
In the field, Haseley has a good arm that should allow him to stick in center field, or move to either corner spot, depending on the needs of his club. That group also includes, among others, their U.Va. teammates, infielder Ernie Clement and relief pitcher Tommy Doyle, William & Mary infielder Cullen Large and pitcher Nick Raquet and Old Dominion shortstop Zach Rutherford. – Baseball America ” Haseley leads the Cavaliers in all three triple-slash stats (.396/.495/.689) and in walks (32) through April 22, showing surprising power and the potential to stay in centerfield long-term”.
Haseley said he hopes to sign quickly with the Phillies.
Almaraz was asked how Haseley’s skills compare to Mickey Moniak, whom the Phillies drafted first overall a year ago.
“I don’t remember the moment all too well”, Haseley said.
“They’re huge Eagles fans”, Haseley said. “I think I put my head down”.