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Two Phillies prospects made debuts at higher levels of the minor leagues Thursday night when Adam Haseley joined the Reading Fightins and Zach Green became a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Green went 0-for-4 and struck out in his first Triple-A at-bat with Lehigh Valley in the team’s 4-3 loss in 10 innings. Meanwhile, Haseley was 1-for-4 and scored a run in Reading’s 7-5 loss to Bowie.
Haseley, the Phillies first round pick – eighth overall – in the 2017 Draft, was promoted from Clearwater to Reading following the Florida State League All-Star Game in which he was chosen to play in as a member of the Threshers. In 79 games with Clearwater this season the 22-year old produced a line of 5-38-.300/.343/.415 prior to his promotion. Since making his professional debut last season in the Gulf Coast League, Haseley has hit eight home runs and driven in 66 runs with a .293 average in 138 games.
Defensively, Haseley split his time between all three outfield positions with Clearwater this season and started in center field with the Fightins. Most of his time figures to be in center field while he is at the Double-A level.
Green was promoted from Reading to Lehigh Valley earlier in the day on Thursday and played first base for Lehigh Valley in their game against Buffalo. Green, 24, was drafted out of high school and has had a longer development process than has Haseley but has put together somewhat of a breakout season in 2018. Coming into the year, Green had 44 minor league home runs with the most being the 13 he hit at Williamsport in 2013. This season with Reading, he slashed 17-53-.296/.375/.578 in 77 games.
The Phillies tried Green at third and short in his first professional season but he struggled defensively at short and hasn’t played there since 2012 when he was in the Gulf Coast League. In 2013 he played exclusively at third base and the following season added first base to his resume. Since then, he has played an additional 97 games at third base and has played 153 games at first base, including making his Triple-A debut at first base with Lehigh Valley.
Haseley batted second in the order for Reading, while Green was slotted into the number-six spot in the IronPigs batting order.