2017 Draft: Adam Haseley

Adam Haseley | OF

Background
Haseley, 21, grew up outside Orlando, and went undrafted out of high school. After hitting only .275/.360/.407 during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Virginia, Haseley has broken out as a junior, and he currently owns a .400/.498/.688 batting line with 14 homers, ten steals, 40 walks, and only 19 strikeouts in 53 games. He also has a 2.51 ERA in 172 career innings on the mound, though his pro future is as a position player, not as a pitcher.

Scouting Report
A left-handed hitter and thrower, Haseley is an excellent opposite field hitter who can inside-out pitches to left field with ease. This year he’s shown more pull power than he had in the past, making him a more well-rounded threat at the plate. He also knows the strike zone and has above-average speed, making him an on-base and basestealing threat. His setup at the plate is unorthodox — Haseley hits from an extreme crouch with a fairly big leg kick — though it’s not bad, necessarily. Just different. In the field, Haseley shows the potential to stay in center field long-term thanks to his speed and reads, though there is some thought he’ll wind up in left field because his arm is average at best (despite his success on the mound). This is the rare college player with some untapped potential. Haseley, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 lbs., is just now figuring out how to pull the ball for power rather than settle for serving everything the other way for singles.

Miscellany
All three major scouting publications consider Haseley a top half of the first round talent. Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranks him as the 11th best prospect in the draft class while Baseball America ranks him 13th and MLB.com ranks him 14th. The Yankees hold the 16th overall pick. The Yankees love their up-the-middle athletes and left-handed hitters with power potential, which describes Haseley perfectly. Top college performers have a way of getting drafted higher than expected, however, so he might not be on the board when the Yankees pick.

DotF: Austin continues rehab, Andujar has big game in AA win

Some notes to start the day:

  • Double-A Trenton hitting coach Tom Slater broke down SS Gleyber Torres‘ swing frame-by-frame with Josh Norris, so make sure you check that out. Torres, as you know, was promoted to Triple-A Scranton yesterday.
  • RHP Yefrey Ramirez was named the Double-A Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in 13 innings spread across two starts. Also struck out 15 batters. Nice week, Yefrey.

Triple-A Scranton had a scheduled off-day. Gleyber’s Triple-A debut will have to wait until tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (6-1 win over Reading)

  • SS Thairo Estrada: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 E (throwing) — with Torres in Triple-A, shortstop figures to be all his going forward
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — played five innings in his third rehab game … he played his first game at DH, his second game at first base, and his third game at right field, so they’re moving him around already
  • DH Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 3-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB — 8-for-26 (.308) with three doubles and two homers in his last seven games
  • LF Billy McKinney: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • CF Rashad Crawford: 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 CS
  • LHP Justus Sheffield: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9/3 GB/FB — 61 of 94 pitches were strikes (65%), plus he picked a runner off first … had allowed at least four runs in each of his last four starts, so good to see him bounce back well

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Jupiter)

  • CF Jorge Mateo: 1-4, 2 K — he’s played center field in four of his last six games
  • SS Kyle Holder: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB — 9-for-20 (.450) during his little five-game hitting streak
  • 2B Nick Solak & RF Trey Amburgey: 0-4, 1 K
  • DH Chris Gittens: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K — 11-for-27 (.407) with four doubles and three homers in his last eight games
  • 3B Gosuke Katoh: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — his huge pro debut in the Gulf Coast League feels like a lifetime ago
  • RHP Taylor Widener: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 51 of 75 pitches were strikes (68%) … 43/12 K/BB in 42.2 innings for the converted reliever … not quite Chance Adams-esque, but pretty good

Low-A Charleston was rained out. They’re going to make this game up as part of a doubleheader on June 10th.

DotF: Fowler homers, Austin continues rehab in the minors

As you may have heard, SS Gleyber Torres was promoted to Triple-A Scranton following today’s Double-A Trenton game, reports Antonio Mendes. Gleyber hit .273/.367/.496 with five homers and nearly as many walks (17) as strikeouts (21) in 32 Double-A games. I had a feeling the Yankees would promote him quickly, though I didn’t think it would be this quickly. Pretty fun. For what it’s worth, Keith Law says Torres is ready for Triple-A on both sides of the ball. Here are some other notes:

  • RHP Dillon Tate update! Farm system head Gary Denbo told Josh Norris that Tate has been pitching in Extended Spring Training games and is “close.” I assume that means close to joining one of the affiliates. Tate has been out all season with a shoulder issue.
  • LHP Josh Rogers have been promoted to Double-A Trenton, according to Matt Kardos. I’m surprised it took this long. Rogers had a 2.52 ERA (2.97 FIP) in 27 starts and 160.2 innings with High-A Tampa over the last two years prior to Sunday’s start. Not much left to prove there.
  • Check out 20-80 Baseball’s write up on RHP Domingo Acevedo’s Double-A debut the other day. “He looked every bit the part a future Role 60, number three starter, and he was quickly comparable, to my eye, to the huge frame, soft build, sloped shoulders, and gait of Michael Pineda (RHP,Yankees), just with more juice in the overall stuff,” said the report.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Rochester in eleven innings, walk-off style) they faced old pal LHP Nik Turley, who is still bouncing around the minors

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LF Dustin Fowler: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K — second straight game with a dinger, and his third homer in his last eight games
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Mike Ford: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K — 10-for-33 (.303) with three doubles and four home runs in eight games since the promotion
  • RF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-5
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 1 RBI, 3 K — walk-off squeeze bunt!
  • DH Mark Payton: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — someone’s future fourth outfielder is hitting .333/.387/.471 so far this year
  • RHP Eric Ruth: 3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/3 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 31 of 50 pitches were strikes … he’s here just to make the spot start after RHP Bryan Mitchell was called up to the big leagues
  • RHP Colten Brewer: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 22 of 41 pitches were strikes (54%) … 28/3 K/BB in 21 innings this year … will he be the second player in as many years to go from minor league Rule 5 Draft pick to Yankees’ 40-man roster? RHP Yefrey Ramirez did it last year
  • RHP Ernesto Frieri: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 21 of 33 pitches were strikes (64%)

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DotF: Tyler Austin begins rehab assignment with Trenton

Josh Norris was at last night’s Double-A Trenton game, and he posted video of SS Gleyber Torres‘ grand slam and 3B Miguel Andujar‘s home run. Here’s the link. Norris also wrote something on RHP Domingo Acevedo’s Double-A debut, so check that out too.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Rochester in eleven innings, walk-off style)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — six homers in 37 games this year after hitting 12 homers in 132 games last year … getting out of Trenton is good news for a left-handed hitter
  • DH Clint Frazier: 1-5, 2 K
  • 1B Mike Ford: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 9-for-30 (.300) with two doubles and four homers since the promotion
  • LF Mason Williams: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Mark Payton: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off single … also threw a runner out at second
  • 2B Cito Culver: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E (missed catch) — seven homers in 30 games!
  • LHP Caleb Smith: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 64 of 104 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 31 of 44 pitches were strikes (70%) … 32 strikeouts and zero walks in 22 innings this year … he’s 26, left-handed, and at Triple-A for the third straight full season … being a Rule 5 Draft pick this spring might have been his best chance to reach MLB at this point
  • RHP Ben Heller: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72%) … 28/7 K/BB in 21.1 innings

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Saturday Links: Happ, Zimmer, Sanchez, Mock Drafts, Girardi

The Yankees and Rays will play the second game of their three-game series later this afternoon. Here are some links to check out until then.

Yankees passed on Happ, Jimenez, Zimmer

This is pretty fun and interesting. According to Joel Sherman, during trade talks last year, the Yankees and Cubs agreed that New York would receive either Gleyber Torres, Ian Happ, or Eloy Jimenez in the Aroldis Chapman trade. Also, during talks with the Indians about Andrew Miller, it was down to Clint Frazier or Bradley Zimmer. Both Happ and Zimmer were called up within the last week, and both have hit their first MLB home runs already.

Sherman says the Yankees passed on Jimenez because he was furthest away among the three Cubs prospects, and they passed on Happ because he’s not expected to be much of a defender. Torres had the best all-around ability. The Yankees went Frazier over Zimmer because he’s two years younger and has fewer exploitable holes in his swing. (Zimmer had a 30.7% strikeout rate between Double-A and Triple-A last year. Yikes!)

I really do like Happ, though I am totally cool with passing on him for Gleyber. The Yankees picked correctly in both cases, in my opinion. Torres is a budding superstar. Frazier has a much better chance to be an impact bat long-term too. Something tells me we’ll all have one eye on Happ and Jimenez and Zimmer over the next few years. Either way, the trade deadline last year truly was a franchise altering event. The Yankees are in much better shape long-term right now than they were 12 months ago.

Sanchez among top 25 under 25

A few days ago Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranked the 25 best players in baseball under the age of 25. Not surprisingly, Bryce Harper claims the top spot. Manny Machado and Carlos Correa are second and third. Yeah. The Yankees have one player on the list: Gary Sanchez, who ranks 14th. He’s one spot behind Alex Bregman and one spot ahead of Dansby Swanson. Here’s the write-up:

Sanchez had a rookie season — well, half-season — for the ages last year, with 20 homers in 53 games, good enough to get him second in Rookie of the Year balloting and push the Yankees to trade Brian McCann and give Sanchez the starting job behind the plate. Sanchez has improved enough as a receiver to stay back there, though he is probably always going to be a bat-first, throw-second, glove-third kind of guy. I’m sure the Yankees will be fine with that.

Aaron Judge, who turned 25 last month, was not eligible for the list. I’m sure he would have made it had the list been players age 25 and under. The list is very position player heavy — Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, Julio Urias, and Michael Fulmer are the only pitchers — and I’m guessing Luis Severino wasn’t particularly close to making it. That doesn’t surprise me. Sanchez is the only catcher in the top 25, and that is pretty darn cool.

Baseball America’s mock draft v3.0

Baseball America released their third mock draft of the year earlier this week, and now they have the Twins selecting Vanderbilt RHP Kyle Wright with the top pick. California HS RHP/SS Hunter Greene, the top prospect in the draft class, is projected to fall to the Padres with the third pick. The mock draft has the Yankees taking Alabama HS OF Bubba Thompson with their 16th pick. Here’s the write-up:

New York has been linked to preps this spring such as Huntington Beach first baseman Nick Pratto and Alabama prep outfielder Bubba Thompson, who’s likely to go in the 16-23 range. Pratto’s relatively modest spring offensively has pushed him down lists a bit.

The draft is a little more than four weeks now, so things are still pretty wide open. So far the Yankees have been connected to mostly high school players, though that doesn’t mean much. Last year they were mostly connected to high school arms and college bats before the draft, then bam, they went with a high school bat. Hopefully things get narrowed down a bit over the next month.

MLB.com’s mock draft v1.0

In other mock draft news, Jim Callis dropped his first full mock draft of the year last week. He has the Twins taking Louisville LHP/1B Brendan McKay first overall. It seems Minnesota has been connected to all the top prospects except Greene. Weird. Anyway, Callis has the Yankees taking California HS 1B Nick Pratto withe their first rounder.

One of the most rumored mid-round marriages is New York and Pratto, though this is more a floor than a ceiling for the best high school bat available. Burger and Canning are other potential targets.

Here’s my write-up on Pratto. Also, here’s my write-up on UCLA RHP Griffin Canning, who Callis connected to the Yankees as well. Burger is Missouri State 3B Jake Burger, who is one of the top power hitters in the draft. He’s probably going to end up at first base though, and it’s unclear if his less than picturesque swing will allow him to handle pro pitching. Meh. Doesn’t seem like the kind of player the Yankees usually target in the first round.

Girardi on new competition committee

Earlier this week MLB announced the relaunch of the competition committee, a 16-man committee that is “charged with studying all aspects of the game and advising the Commissioner and Club Owners on on-field matters.” They’re going to look for ways to make baseball better, basically. I guess automatic intentional walks and talking about pace of play constantly isn’t working as well as hoped.

Anyway, Joe Girardi is one of four current big league managers on the committee, along with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, and Orioles skipper Buck Showalter. Here is the press release with all the committee members. I do like that commissioner Rob Manfred is open to new ideas and seems genuinely interested in improving the game. I have no idea whether the new competition committee will result in any tangible improvements, but hey, at least they’re trying.

DotF: Gleyber goes deep again in Trenton’s win

SS Jorge Mateo placed ninth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Mateo went 11-for-25 (.440) with three home runs last week. He’s had a tough season overall, so hopefully this last week or so is an indication he’s turning things around and ready to go on an extended hot streak.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Rochester)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-4
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B — 22-for-59 (.373) in his last 13 games
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 K — hitting streak ends at 18 games
  • LF Clint Frazier: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RHP Chance Adams: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 9/6 GB/FB — 66 of 101 pitches were strikes (65%) … first start without a walk this season

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DotF: Frazier, Torres, Andujar, McKinney all go deep in wins

SS Gleyber Torres was pulled from last night’s game for not running out a double, Brian Cashman confirmed to Mike Mazzeo. Torres said he thought the ball was going to go foul. “He didn’t do it on purpose, but the manager had the discretion to pull him if he felt it was warranted, so he did,” said Cashman, who added he considers the incident to be in the past.

Triple-A Scranton (11-10 win over Pawtucket in 11 innings, walk-off style)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 E (both fielding) — he’s up to .322/.398/.452 this season, and he’s played six different positions too
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — hitting streak is up to 18 games
  • DH Mike Ford: 1-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB — 7-for-22 (.318) with two doubles and three homers in five games since the promotion
  • LF Clint Frazier: 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — walk-off double (here’s video) … he’s hitting .261/.348/.493 with 16 singles and 20 extra-base hits this season, and he’s yet to face a pitcher younger than him
  • RHP Domingo German: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HB, 7/4 GB/FB — 57 of 97 pitches were strikes (59%) … Triple-A debut after throwing only 33 innings in Double-A and 23.2 innings in High-A
  • RHP Colten Brewer: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 3/0 GB/FB — 19 of 31 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Ernesto Frieri: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — 15 of 22 pitches were strikes (68%) … inherited a bases loaded, no outs situation from Brewer in the ninth, and gave up a game-tying grand slam

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