Mitch Haniger
Mitch Haniger
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Haniger has not appeared in a major-league game since June 6, 2019. A ruptured testicle sidelined Haniger initially and he battled back discomfort in the months that followed, leading to a pair of surgeries in the early months of 2020. The first was sports hernia surgery and the second was a microdiscectomy to repair a vertebrae in Haniger's lower back. He still had not been cleared to resume baseball activities when summer camp began and it soon became clear that Haniger would not be able to return during the shortened 2020 season. He was said to be increasing his lifting and workouts in September and it was reported in December that Haniger had finally resumed full baseball activities. The expectation is that Haniger will be the Mariners' starting right fielder in 2020. Seattle has committed $3.01 million to him in the hope he can still be something resembling the .267/.348/.480 hitter he was previously. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#236
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$Signed a one-year, $3.01 million contract with the Mariners in December of 2020.
Third homer in four games
OFSeattle Mariners
May 3, 2021
Haniger went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's 5-3 loss to Baltimore.
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Haniger's eighth-inning blast halved Baltimore's lead but would be the final runs Seattle scored on the night. The home run puts him at eight and one behind the league lead. His 6.5 percent walk rate is the worst mark of his career at this early point of the season, but his .295 ISO represents a career high.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2020
No Stats
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .952 99 21 7 17 0 .271 .364 .588
Since 2019vs Right .748 314 46 16 38 4 .219 .293 .455
2021vs Left 1.014 30 9 3 7 0 .286 .300 .714
2021vs Right .778 100 12 5 16 0 .244 .300 .478
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .918 69 12 4 10 0 .263 .391 .526
2019vs Right .734 214 34 11 22 4 .206 .290 .444
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2020
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2019
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .784 214 34 11 29 2 .225 .313 .471
Since 2019Away .809 199 33 12 26 2 .237 .307 .503
2021Home .832 73 11 4 14 0 .258 .301 .530
2021Away .837 57 10 4 9 0 .250 .298 .538
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .757 141 23 7 15 2 .207 .319 .438
2019Away .798 142 23 8 17 2 .232 .310 .488
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Stat Review
How does Mitch Haniger compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
23.1%
 
BABIP
.265
 
ISO
.280
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.300
 
SLG
.534
 
OPS
.834
 
wOBA
.354
 
Exit Velocity
83.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.8%
 
Barrels/PA
9.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Haniger was off to a slow start, at least in the batting average department, slashing .220/.324/.463 after 63 games. He was striking out at an exaggerated 28.6% clip, by far his career worst. He did manage to club 15 homers, so all was not lost. However, on June 26, Haniger fouled a pitch off his groin and ruptured a testicle, ending his season. Haniger did play in a few rehab games in August, but a sore back shut him down. The prognosis is for Haniger to be completely healthy for spring training. It would have been helpful to see if Haniger cut down on the strikeouts as the season progressed. As is, formulaic projections could over-penalize him for underperforming in a small sample without the chance to right the ship. This could present a buying opportunity, especially since players missing several months to end the season are out of sight, out of mind or buried in draft room queues.
Haniger's 2018 season was what he could have done in 2017 had he not gotten hurt and missed a good chunk of time. His skills have been mostly stable over the past two seasons since he became an everyday major leaguer, and his offensive production has been at least 30% better than the league average. It is still too early in his career to see anything definitive in his splits, but he has been very good against righties and added dominance of lefties last year after showing some issues against them in 2017. He has had little trouble hitting at home or on the road. The turnover of the surrounding cast is a concern because Haniger will be asked to do more in a lineup that will be less than what it has been the past two seasons. He will have a tough time repeating the 183 runs-plus-RBI he had last year with a weaker supporting cast around him as the Mariners rebuild their roster in 2019.
Although it was his second season in the majors, 2017 was Haniger’s rookie season since he fell seven plate appearances shy of 130 in 2016. He had a solid season, but injuries limited his playing time. When he played, he showed above-average potential at the plate, slugging nearly .500 in a park that is typically better for pitchers than it is hitters. The oddity with Haniger is that he does a majority of his damage against fellow righties (16 of his career 21 homers have come against righties). It is too early to consider this the norm for him, but it is worth noting for daily transaction leagues since it is an anomaly. The other thing to watch for is his walk rate – which is real: the 11.2 percent rate in the first half or the 3.9 percent rate in the second? If the former is real, he can stick high in the lineup. If it is not, Haniger will drop to the bottom half.
Debuting in mid-August last season, Haniger mostly struggled in his first exposure to big-league pitching (81 wRC+) but he showed decent pop in the small sample (five home runs, .174 ISO in 123 plate appearances). This came on the heels of Haniger destroying upper-level pitching in the minors last season, posting a 156 wRC+ in 55 games at Double-A and 185 wRC+ in 74 games at Triple-A. The Mariners took notice and got him included in the Taijuan Walker/Jean Segura trade early in the offseason. The door is open for Haniger to work his way into a prominent role with Seattle and gain relevance in a wide variety of formats. There are worse ways to utilize a final bench spot in 15-team mixed leagues.
Haniger was dealt to Arizona from Milwaukee in exchange for Gerardo Parra at the trade deadline last year, and while he was a notable part of the Brewers’ farm system, that speaks more to Milwaukee’s lack of well-known prospects than to Haniger’s abilities. He slashed .255/.316/.416 in 67 games at Double-A Huntsville prior to the trade, and was only able to play eight games with the Diamondbacks’ Double-A affiliate before the end of the minor league season. Haniger is the type of player that should be able to provide organizational corner outfield depth for several years, but he would need to take a significant step forward in order to ever offer much big-league upside. There’s a good chance he will spend much of 2015 at Double-A Mobile.
Haniger got his first professional season off to a quick start with Low-A Wisconsin, posting a .909 OPS over 41 games before earning a promotion to the next level. His numbers weren’t nearly as impressive at High-A, but he was one of the top players in the Arizona Fall League, and the former first-rounder has established himself as one of the Brewers’ better prospects. Expect Haniger, who split time between center field and right field last season, to open 2014 at High-A.
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Goes deep again
OFSeattle Mariners
May 2, 2021
Haniger went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer Saturday in a loss to the Angels.
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Blasts sixth homer
OFSeattle Mariners
May 1, 2021
Haniger went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's 7-4 victory over the Angels.
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Back in action
OFSeattle Mariners
April 30, 2021
Haniger (undisclosed) will lead off and play right field Friday against the Angels.
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Not starting Thursday
OFSeattle Mariners
Undisclosed
April 29, 2021
Haniger (undisclosed) isn't starting Thursday's game against the Astros.
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Could return Thursday
OFSeattle Mariners
Undisclosed
April 28, 2021
Manager Scott Servais said Haniger was scratched Wednesday against the Astros since the outfielder was "dragging a little bit," but he could rejoin the lineup for Thursday's series finale, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
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