Phillies need to expand Adam Haseley's role in 2021

Corey Seidman
·3 min read

A Phillie who needs more playing time in 2021 originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

As baseball's offseason takes shape, we will take a look at each player on the Phillies 2020 roster and where they fit in the future. We'll go through the roster by uniform number, lowest to highest for position players, highest to lowest for pitchers, and alternate daily.

Today: Outfielder Adam Haseley

Career rundown

Haseley has hit .269/.330/.382 in 334 plate appearances as a Phillie. He has exactly 200 more plate appearances against righties than he has against lefties. He's hit .276/.338/.406 against right-handers compared to .242/.299/.290 vs. same-handed pitching.

The Phillies have been reluctant to play Haseley vs. lefties but they need to do more of it in 2021. He was a Top 10 overall pick. He can't be deemed a platoon player this quickly. He has only 10 starts total in two seasons against left-handed pitchers.

How he became a Phillie

The Phils drafted Haseley seventh overall in 2017 out of the University of Virginia. He was seen as a fast-riser who should be able to contribute within a couple of years and he did that, reaching the majors less than two years from the day he was selected.

Brewers second baseman Keston Hiura is the only player so far from the first round in 2017 with more games played or at-bats than Haseley.

2020 season

Haseley appeared in 40 of the Phillies' 60 games this summer but started only 23, with 19 starts in center. He hit .278 with a .348 OBP. He did have a few rough moments in center and right field and must clean up his defense to be a starting outfielder long-term.

Roman Quinn had 24 more plate appearances than Haseley and hit .213/.261/.315.

Haseley began his summer with a bang, going 4 for 6 with two doubles in his first start, a loss on the second day of the season to the Marlins. Then over the Phillies' next 30 games, he received three at-bats in a game only four times.

Haseley did miss 10 days with a wrist sprain.

What lies ahead

The Phillies could enter 2021 with the same center-field platoon they had in 2020. But they need to get Haseley more playing time, there's no question about it. He's 24 years old and was their first-round pick three years ago. You don't instantly turn that guy into a part-time player. It's worth at least seeing what he can do over a sample of 400+ plate appearances.

Haseley does not look like he's going to hit for much power but he does have a solid line-drive approach that can play out of the leadoff spot against a righty on some nights, or provide the bottom of the order a little spark on others.

As Jim Salisbury explained Friday, Quinn will soon become more expensive and that could mean 2021 is his final season as a Phillie. The Phillies control Haseley's rights for another five seasons.

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