Joining a new team at a higher level, Adam Haseley admitted he's dealt with plenty of nerves over the past week. But if he was wrestling with butterflies while he was on the field Friday night, it sure didn't show.
In his second Double-A game, Haseley put together his first professional multi-homer performance, going yard twice and doubling to plate three runs and score three times as Reading edged Bowie, 5-4, at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Video: Haseley's first Double-A homer for Reading
The Phillies' No. 3 prospect and MLB.com's No. 79 overall prospect was promoted from Class A Advanced Clearwater on Tuesday and went 1-for-4 in his Double-A bow two days later. While Haseley has been comfortable enough to collect 11 total bases in two Eastern League games, he's still getting acclimated to his surroundings.
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"It's kind of all new, actually," he said. "Yesterday I was pretty nervous, being with a new team, new group, new coaches, new field and everything. I was definitely still nervous tonight and I think it'll be that way for a little while. It was just kind of one of those nights where you're seeing the ball well and getting a couple of pitches around the zone that you could put a good swing on it."
Across 81 games between the two levels this season, the 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .305/.346/.438 with seven home runs and 41 RBIs. Before leaving Clearwater, Haseley ripped five triples, which is tied for second in the Florida State League. Coming the new level, he sought help from Darick Hall and Austin Listi to get the lay of the land and a better understanding of what to expect from the league's pitchers.
"They just said that guys are that much better, being here [in Double-A]," Haseley said. "They fill up the zone, throw a lot of strikes. So you have to be clear with your approach and what you're looking for. Then we'll see what happens with the result."
Leading off in the first inning against Christian Binford on Friday, Haseley fell into a 1-2 count before pulling a hanging slider just inside the foul pole in right field for his first EL homer.
Haseley homered in his first Class A Advanced game on Opening Day but didn't go deep again until May 15. This time, however, he didn't wait long to blast another long ball. In the third, Emmanuel Marrero ripped a leadoff single to set the table for the 2017 first-rounder. Haseley smacked Binford's 1-1 off-speed pitch over the right-center field wall.
"It was pretty similar to the first at-bat. I was just trying to get a pitch to put a good swing on," Haseley said. "It happened to be a changeup that I just kind of got the barrel out in front a little bit. Those first two at-bats, the approach was pretty much the same. It was just trying to get a good pitch and hit it hard."
Video: Reading's Haseley goes deep again
Two innings later, he ripped Binford's 0-1 delivery into center for a two-bagger. Haseley had a chance at a fourth hit in the seventh but grounded out to shortstop.
The University of Virginia product has logged six games with at least three hits this season, and Friday's performance marked his first Minor League game with three extra-base knocks. Through his first two seasons, Haseley has collected 49 multi-hit efforts.
Playing at Double-A for the first time, Haseley understands that he'll be continually adjusting as better competition learns his tendencies at the plate. So far, he's just thrilled to be performing well in front of his new teammates.
"It's definitely difficult when you go to a new area, and I was fortunate enough to play and meet with a few of the guys on this team in Spring Training so it wasn't like walking into a brand new group," Haseley said. "But it's definitely one of those moments where you're trying to perform your best. I know, for me, I'm trying to earn the respect of the guys that have been playing here the whole summer. I'm trying to fit in, put my head down, go to work and try to play well for them."
Harold Arauz (7-4) allowed two runs on five hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk over seven innings en route to the win.