Phillies Trade Adam Haseley To White Sox For Relief Prospect
After three disappointing, injury-plagued seasons with the Phillies, Adam Haseley is getting a fresh start.
The Phillies traded Haseley to the White Sox on Tuesday in exchange for righthanded pitching prospect McKinley Moore. Haseley was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 draft but was never able to gain a foothold in Philadelphia. Moore, a righthanded reliever, pitched last season at the Class A levels and ranked as the White Sox’s No. 35 prospect.
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Adam Haseley, OF
Expected to be a cornerstone of the Phillies outfield after they selected him eighth overall out of Virginia, Haseley instead was the latest in a string of draft disappointments for the franchise. He reached the majors quickly but batted just .264/.322/.373 in 116 games over three seasons and spent more time last year in Triple-A (41 games) than the majors (nine games). Haseley shows some feel for contact from the left side, but he’s never shown the ability to hit for power with a wood bat and doesn’t hit the ball very hard. He has primarily played center field in his career and is capable of playing all three outfield positions, although he’s not a standout at any spot. Haseley has spent time on the injured list each of the last three years, missing time with a left groin strain in 2019, a left wrist sprain in 2020 and a right groin strain in 2021, so there is a possibility he could see improvement with full health. If nothing else, he gives the White Sox outfield depth in light of Andrew Vaughn’s hip injury he suffered on Monday.
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McKinley Moore, RHP
A 14th-round pick out of Arkansas-Little Rock in 2019, Moore made his full-season debut last year and went 2-2, 4.20 with 59 strikeouts and 21 walks in 40.2 innings across Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem. He followed that up with a solid showing over 10 relief appearances in the Arizona Fall League. Moore is a big, 6-foot-6 righthander with a fastball up to 99 mph and a potentially plus slider, but he struggles to command his slider and has difficulty throwing strikes in general. He’s a flyer bullpen prospect whose arm strength gives him a chance to rise if he can figure out his control.