On June 4th, 2019, Adam Haseley made his major league debut for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Haseley is a top prospect for the Phillies. He was drafted with the 8th overall draft pick in the first round of the 2017 amateur player draft. He entered the 2018 season as mlb.com’s 6th rated Phillies prospect and improved to 3rd prior to the 2019 season.
When June 4th rolled around, and Haseley stepped out onto the field at San Diego’s Petco Park, he took to Instagram to share his joy. He summarized his feelings with one short sentence; Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power to work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Those are the words of St. Paul, eternally recorded for us in Ephesians 3:20.
For Haseley, his Christian faith has always been an important part of his life. He was raised by his parents, Rich and Mary-Kay, in a Christian home. He attended First Academy, a Christian school in Orlando, Florida. When he went to the University of Virginia, he attended a fall meeting with the team. When asked what was important to them, he spoke about his faith – quickly earning him the nickname, “Rev.”
His reputation for being a faithful Christian grew as time went on. One Easter Sunday, Haseley was the featured speaker at the McIntire Amphitheatre at UVA. Men’s basketball coach was in attendance. So was Men’s tennis coach, Brian Boland. Another Virginia baseball star, Pavin Smith was in attendance. As were a couple hundred others.
Hasely told Andrew Ramspacher of the Daily Progress; I was nervous. If I did it my freshman year, I’d be completely shaken. Probably would say no to it. I think it’s something that, as you grow up, you’re a little more comfortable with. Those who attended did not notice how nervous he was. Instead, the impression they left with was how authentic his message was.
His father, Rich Haseley, says of Adam’s faith; it’s what he relies on. And it’s always been that way for Adam. It’s just become more and more as he’s matured as a baseball player. He just gets a better understanding of what that faith means.
Haseley explains; “Our faith is really important. It’s a matter of taking the pressure off and just trusting in the bigger plan. It’s just going out there and playing and having fun. And enjoying the opportunity we’ve been given.”
Haseley’s faith will continue to guide his as he continues to build what Phillies fans hope will be a long and successful career. And, with each moment of success, he will continue giving all glory to God!