Phillies, Mets to play 2nd MLB Little League Classic Game next August

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Phillies, Mets to play 2nd MLB Little League Classic Game next August

When the Phillies host the Mets on Aug. 19 next summer, the game won't be at Citizens Bank Park. It will take place at 7 p.m. at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa. as the Phils and Mets take part in MLB's second annual Little League Classic game.

Last month, MLB for the first time held a regular-season game (Pirates-Cardinals) at the home of the Little League World Series as a way to give little-leaguers and big-leaguers a chance to meet and build more youth interest.

"The interactions throughout the day between the Major League Players and Little Leaguers was something that those involved will remember forever," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "We are pleased to once again have the opportunity to help create these special memories next August."

Phillies and Mets players will attend the LLWS games earlier in the day.

"It's experiences like the 2018 MLB Little League Classic that create baseball fans for life," Phillies executive vice president David Buck said, "and we are honored to be a part of it."

Phillies promote first-round pick Adam Haseley to Lakewood

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Phillies promote first-round pick Adam Haseley to Lakewood

After spending six weeks with the Class A Short Season Williamsport Crosscutters, Phillies first-round pick Adam Haseley has been promoted to Lakewood.

Haseley, the eighth overall pick in June's draft, hit .270/.350/.380 in 37 games with nine doubles, two homers and 18 RBIs in 158 plate appearances.

He's actually in a bit of a slump, carrying a 1 for 15 over his final five games with Williamsport.

Haseley played center field every day for Williamsport. Mickey Moniak, the first overall pick in 2016, has played center field every day for Lakewood. That was one reason the Phillies wanted to start Haseley at Williamsport even though he's a more advanced prospect having played at the University of Virginia.

Moniak has struggled in his first full season as a pro, hitting .248 with a .301 on-base percentage and 92 strikeouts in 444 plate appearances.

Lakewood has 26 games left.

Phillies promote 1st-round pick Adam Haseley to Class A Williamsport

Phillies promote 1st-round pick Adam Haseley to Class A Williamsport

It didn't take long for Adam Haseley's first promotion.

The Phillies on Thursday moved Haseley up from the Gulf Coast League to the Williamsport Crosscutters, their Class A Short-Season affiliate.

In three games in the GCL, Haseley went 7 for 12 with a double, triple and four RBIs.

Haseley, a college outfielder from the University of Virginia, probably could have gotten started with Williamsport but building some confidence in the GCL can't hurt. 

The Phils plan to have Haseley and 2016 first overall pick Mickey Moniak at separate affiliates for the time being so that both get a chance to play center field every day. 

Moniak is currently with Class A Lakewood, where he's hit .272/.324/.400 with 17 doubles, four triples, three homers and 29 RBIs in 292 plate appearances.

For more on the Phillies' top prospects, check out this week's Future Phillies Report.