Over a span of three days and 40 rounds last week, the Major League Baseball Draft saw 1,215 players selected. Of that total, only 7 were picked ahead of Windermere’s Adam Haseley out of the University of Virginia. The Philadelphia Phillies made the pitcher/outfielder their top pick.
During Haseley’s time at Orlando’s The First Academy, he was on the Team USA Under 18 world championship team in 2013. A year later he and his teammates played in the USA National High School Invitational.
When the 2014 MLB Draft came and went, recruiting more than 1,000 players (just as they did last week), Haseley was not one of them.
Moving on to college, he had an active first season at Virginia. Haseley was an all-ACC freshman and helped his team win the College World Series, knocking out the Florida Gators along the way.
Though the Cavaliers did not win another championship over the next two years, Haseley’s numbers steadily increased. By the time his junior year ended, there was no question he would be a high first round pick.
Once Haseley signs, which could be in just a matter of days, he is projected to spend limited time in the minor leagues. The Phillies certainly have that in mind.
“I hope so,” said Philadelphia general manager Matt Klentak. “His performance will dictate that. But I think he has demonstrated the ability in college, he’s a pretty mature player, and if he demonstrates those same skills at the professional level in the minor leagues, I think it’s reasonable to suggest that he might be able to zip through the minor leagues.”
Once he signs, Haseley immediately becomes a multimillionaire. Projections call for the 8th overall selection to receive a signing bonus in the vicinity of $4.8 million.
Philadelphia will then decide where to send Haseley to begin his pro career. For a number of reasons, the likely destination is Clearwater for the Class A Florida State League.
That would leave his parents, Rich and Mary-Kay, a rather short trip to see him play. They certainly will not mind making the longer journey to Philadelphia when the time occurs.