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MLB draft 2017 player profile: Adam Haseley, OF

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A look at a guy who has played his way into the first round of the draft.

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After a strong spring, Haseley has rocketed up the draft boards into upper-mid first round consideration. He plays outfield and starting pitcher, but his impressive hitting at Virginia leaves scouts without a shadow of a doubt that he is better as an outfielder.

Adam Haseley, 21 y/o | 6’2” | 185 | OF | Junior

University of Virginia

Season Stats (OF): 205 AB, .400/.498/.688, 1.186 OPS, 14 HR, 15 2b, 19 K, 40 BB, 10 SB

Season Stats (SP): 11 GS, 3.58 ERA, 65.1 innings, 53 K, 18 BB, .240 BA allowed

It’s clear that Virginia’s program teaches hitters to be patient and wait for their pitch to drive. Just like they did with Matt Thaiss, they have changed Haseley for the better. Haseley makes solid contact to all fields well with an inside-out approach. Coming into the season, scouts were concerned regarding the lack of Haseley’s power. Given the power surge during the spring, however, it’s more than fair to say that the outfielder has quelled those worries. Haseley has slightly above average speed and can play all three outfield positions, MLB Pipeline believing he can do so “with at least an average arm”.

Haseley has a relatively high floor but also packs some upside as the bat could improve should he focus solely on hitting.

Scouting grades, per MLB Pipeline

Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55

Chance of being there at 10th overall?

Medium. Odds are that Haseley will be on the board when it’s the Angels’ turn to draft, though he has been tied to the Diamondbacks (#7) and Phillies (#8) so it’s difficult to say for certain.