Baseball America released their second mock draft on Thursday, though this is the first one in which they went past the tenth overall pick. The Pirates have the 12th overall pick when the draft starts on June 12th and according to John Manuel’s mock draft, he has them going with Virginia outfielder Adam Haseley.
Haseley has been the best college hitter according to Manuel, although he says that scouts remain skeptical of his power and ability to play center field in the future. Through 40 games this season, Haseley is hitting .407/.508/693, with 11 homers and nine steals in 13 attempts. He’s also a starting pitcher, and has posted a 3.31 ERA in nine starts.
BA has an article worth checking out about Haseley, comparing him with Jeren Kendall and their ability to make contact. In 184 plate appearances, Haseley has struck out just 14 times, while drawing 31 walks. Kendall is the type of player that scouts dream on due to his tools, but he has a lot of swing and miss to his game and there are some questions on how it will translate to pro ball. Still, BA has him going ninth to the Brewers. Haseley’s best tool besides his arm would be his bat.
Here’s a video of Haseley from earlier this month against the best team in college baseball (yes, I’m a biased Louisville fan):