All of a sudden, the Phillies are short-handed in the outfield. At the beginning of Spring Training, the team looked to have some solid depth behind Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera with Nick Williams, Roman Quinn and even Scott Kingery.
Fast forward to now and Odubel Herrera is on administrative leave stemming from a domestic violence incident, shifting McCutchen to center. Nick Williams was re-called after a short trip to Triple-A to take Herrera’s spot on the roster and will split time in the outfield with Scott Kingery. Roman Quinn is on his way back from another injury, but is being ‘tapered back’ due to soreness per Matt Gelb of The Athletic.
That domino effect of the outfield shift in Philadelphia has also prompted a significant move in their minor league system. Outfielder Adam Haseley, the Phillies No. 3 ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has been promoted to Triple-A. Haseley has also been hot at the plate, which is probably the main reason he was promoted, but with the future of the Phillies outfield in question now, he could be on the fast track to Philadelphia.
The Phillies promoted former first-round pick Adam Haseley to Triple A Lehigh Valley. He had a strong month of May at Reading.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) May 29, 2019
After finishing the 2018 season with a combined slash line of .305/.361/.433 between Advanced ‘A’ Clearwater and Double-A Reading, Haseley started the 2019 campaign in Double-A. He got off to a pretty slow start, hitting just .172 across 17 games during the month of April. May was a different story, though. In 24 games, the former 2017 first-round pick slashed .337/.410/.584 with five doubles, a triple, five home runs, 13 RBIs, 18 runs scored, 11 walks and 16 strikeouts.
Haseley, 23, will now get an opportunity to man center field every day for the Ironpigs in Lehigh Valley. With center field essentially open for competition, Nick Williams struggling and Roman Quinn’s injury history, Adam Haseley’s stay in Triple-A could be short.
For now, the Phillies will play Nick Williams in left field against righties with Andrew McCutchen in center. Meanwhile, Scott Kingery will play center against left-handers with McCutchen shifting back to left field during those games.