Adam Haseley had one heck of a first week in Double A.
The Phillies’ first-round pick in 2017 (eighth overall) was promoted to Double A Reading on July 11 and responded by going 5 for 13 (.385) with a double, two homers and two walks in his first four games.
As a result, Haseley was named Eastern League Player of the Week in his very first try.
Haseley has already been promoted four times over the last calendar year. Last summer, he began in the Gulf Coast League, was promoted to Low A Williamsport after three games, then made it to Class A Lakewood by season’s end.
He began this season at High A Clearwater and earned the promotion to Reading after hitting .300 in 354 plate appearances.
All told, Haseley has hit .296/.352/.423 with 27 doubles, seven triples and 10 homers in 616 plate appearances in the minors.
The 22-year-old University of Virginia product was a more polished prospect than the previous year’s No. 1 pick, Mickey Moniak.
Moniak, who turned 20 on May 13, has hit .242 with a meager .268 OBP in 75 games at Clearwater this season. The power has been slow to come around, and Moniak has slashed just .247/.290/.350 in 999 plate appearances the last three seasons.
There’s still plenty of time for Moniak, but he can’t be satisfied with how he’s hit to this point, nor can an organization that used the first overall pick in the draft on him. Some baseball people have questioned whether Moniak will grow strong enough to consistently drive the baseball as the quality of pitching he faces increases.
Rounding out the first-round pick updates, Cornelius Randolph has struggled even more than Moniak. Randolph, drafted 10th overall in 2015, has hit .215 with one home run in 80 games at Double A this season.
Randolph was drafted for his offense specifically but things haven’t clicked yet. He’s hit .252/.346/.362 with 17 homers in 1,328 plate appearances since being drafted.