The Phillies have traded outfielder Adam Haseley to the Chicago White Sox and will receive right-hander McKinley Moore in exchange. At one time, Haseley – a first round pick (8th overall) in the 2017 Draft – was projected to be a solid outfield option for the Phillies and having played 107 games with the team in 2019-2020, he hit a combined .269/.330/.382 with five home runs and 39 RBI. Last season, Haseley, who will turn 26 on April 12th, missed considerable time away from the team for what were termed personal reasons and played in only nine games, hitting .190 in the majors. This spring, Haseley was just 2-for-18 (.111) in seven games with the team.
Coming to the Phillies in exchange is 23-year old righty McKinley Moore, who was drafted by the White Sox in the 14th round of the 2019 Draft out of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Last season, Moore pitched at both the A and High-A levels and was a combined 2-2, 4.20 with nine saves between the two levels. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League and had a 4.22 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Glendale.
Moore was drafted based more on potential than performance in college. He posted an 8.03 ERA and had a 0.73 strikeouts-to-walk ratio with Arkansas – Little Rock.
One issue for Moore has been control. Since making his professional debut in 2019, he has a 5.4 walks per nine ratio with 12 wild pitches in 59 games. He has averaged 13 strikeouts per nine over the same time period. The good news is that his control has been progressing well as he continues to develop and he has shown flashes of having conquered the issue and it’s just a matter of gaining consistency at this point.
As for a repertoire, Moore has a high-90s fastball and a slider with good movement that is a plus pitch for him. His curveball lags behind but he continues to look to bring it along to give him a third option to keep hitters guessing.
Given that he lacks a lot of professional experience, which was hurt by the 2020 minor league season being shelved, it isn’t likely that Moore will be major league ready until late next season at the earliest. Between now and then, it will be interesting to watch his development and keep an eye on his control.