The Phillies signed first-round pick Adam Haseley on Wednesday, allowing the outfielder to begin what the team hopes is a fast trek to the majors.
Haseley will report soon to the short-season, single-A Williamsport Crosscutters, who opened their season Monday. The 21-year-old batted .390 with 14 homers and a 1.150 OPS this season for Virginia. Haseley, according to MLB.com, signed for a bonus of $5.1 million, slightly above the slotted value for the No. 8 pick.
Haseley will begin his career in center field but could move to one of the corners once he joins Mickey Moniak, who is at low-A Lakewood after being drafted with last June's first overall pick. Haseley could reach the majors by 2019.
"It doesn't feel real at all," Haseley said last week after being drafted. "I just feel extremely grateful and blessed and I know the Phillies are an amazing organization. I'm just super excited to get started and go through the process."