UVa's Adam Haseley Making the Most in the Majors with the Phillies
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Adam Haseley has spent almost three weeks in the big leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies and is learning the ropes.
The former University of Virginia star was called up from the minors in early June.
"It's something you'll never forget," says Haseley. "It takes you back a bit. Then you start calling all the people that you want at the game the next day. Start packing your bags and get yourself ready for playing in the big leagues."
Haseley has played in only three games with the Phillies. He got his first career hit in his second game. It was a 2 RBI double in the eighth inning against the Padres in San Diego, breaking a 5-5 tie and propelling the Phillies to a win.
"Throughout the first game, I was wondering if the first hit is going to happen today. Second game I was like I really want it to happen,' says Haseley. "To have it happen in that moment in a time like that, where you're tied up in the ball game and it put us ahead, that's something you really can't write up."
Haseley is the 41st UVa player to make it to the big leagues. He is the second position player from the 2017 MLB draft to make it to the majors.
"It's been a journey, it's been a grind," says Haseley. "For me it was just getting used to this lifestyle of playing every day."
At Virginia, Haseley was part of Virginia's 2015 national championship team. He left UVa ranking in the top 10 in school history in runs, triples and total bases.
"I still catch up with a lot of the guys like Pavin (Smith) and (Matt) Thais. Ernie (Clement) I saw a couple months ago. Everything I remember from there was only good things. I'm just grateful of that opportunity every day."
At just 23 years old, Haseley will try to show that he belongs in the big leagues learning from teammate Bryce Harper.
"Harper, he's been nothing but great to me," says Haseley. "He's always there if I need something or have a question. Everyone in this club house has been like that, if I need something, I feel comfortable walking up and asking."