Haseley seeing up and down season
It’s been a wild season for Adam Haseley.
After being selected by the Phillies with their first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Haseley has moved quickly through the minor league system thanks in part to a whirlwind 2019 season that has seen him move from Double-A ball in Reading all the way to the majors and then back down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Haseley was born and raised in Florida and played college ball in Virginia. As a pro, he played in the Gulf Coast League before moving to Williamsport and Lakewood after the weather had warmed up. Last season he opened in Clearwater and again didn’t come to Pennsylvania until the cold weather was just a memory. When he found himself playing in Reading this April, it was a literal shock to his system that put him in an early season slump with a .172 average on the final day of April.
“It was tough because it was cold and it was tough because it felt like I was searching for a swing that I felt comfortable with,” said the 23-year old.
Literally in a matter of at-bats, Haseley turned things around when the calendar flipped to May. A 2-for-5 day on May 1 turned into a 9-for-24 (.375) start to the month and he wound up hitting .337 in May with five home runs and 13 RBI for the Fightins. Late in May, Haseley went on a quick ascent to the majors when he was promoted to Lehigh Valley and played his first game there on May 29 and on June 4 was in the majors and in the starting lineup for the Phillies.
In that one-week span, Haseley learned a lot of lessons, not the least of which was to keep his phone turned on.
“I was told around 5:30, 6:00 in the morning. Well, I was actually told around midnight, but I didn’t have my phone on ring, which I should have,” he said. “My wife woke me up because she heard my phone buzzing over and over again. They told me I was meeting the team [Lehigh Valley] in Pawtucket.”
He learned the lesson of leaving his ringer turned on well and was ready the next time he got a late-night call, just a few days later telling him he was booked on a flight to Chicago for a connecting flight to meet up with the Phillies in San Diego. Late in that first game with the Phillies, Haseley encountered another bump in the road when he felt a pull in his leg trying to beat out an infield dribbler for his first major league hit. The pain stayed with him into the next day, but he made it through his second game – even collecting that first hit – and thought an off-day the following day would cure him; it didn’t.
“It hurt to walk around and then I got to the field Friday and I was like ‘I can’t play at 65-percent or whatever it is,’ so I decided to say something about it,” said Haseley.
An MRI revealed a left groin strain that sent him to the IL and ultimately put him back with the IronPigs after just two major league games.
“Those first two games are pretty much a blur, just adrenaline both games, going 100-percent the whole time,” admitted Haseley of his stint with the Phillies. “I don’t remember a lot of it, honestly. It seemed like it went by really fast, but adrenaline was the only thing I was feeling.”
NEW RECORD HOLDER... For Nick Williams, the fact that he reset the IronPigs franchise mark for a consecutive game hitting streak is no consolation to the fact that he believes he belongs in the majors. Williams set the record Saturday when he singled against Pawtucket. The streak includes the last five games he played with the IronPigs in 2017 and the first 19 that he played with them this season, giving him a 24-game hitting streak. All of 2018, Williams was in the majors.
HARDLY KNEW YA... The Phillies had signed John Curtiss to a minor league on June 12. In nine appearances with the IronPigs, Curtiss allowed earned runs in seven of those games and had a 10.95 ERA while opponents feasted on his pitches, batting .351 against him. The weak performance came to an end when the Phillies released him on Sunday to make room for pitcher Alexis Rivero to come off the IL.
LONG TIME AWAY FROM HOME... After Sunday’s game, the IronPigs have three days off for the Triple-A All-Star Break. The team gathers in Rochester Thursday to start the second-half of the season with an 11-game road trip that continues in Gwinnett, Georgia and Norfolk. The IronPigs won’t return home until July 23 when they host the Toledo Mud Hens to start a 10-game homestand and a streak where they play 16 of their next 19 games at home.