Mitch Haniger
Mitch Haniger
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
Smacks homer in Japan exhibition
OFSeattle Mariners
March 17, 2019
Haniger hit a two-run home run in a 6-4 exhibition victory over the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The talented outfielder endured lower-back soreness earlier in spring training, and he was hitting just .182 across 22 at-bats in Cactus League play prior to the overseas trip. However, Haniger has flashed plenty of pop when he has hit; his four hits consist of two doubles and two homers, not including Saturday's round tripper.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .812 325 38 9 38 2 .280 .351 .461
Since 2016vs Right .849 891 119 38 119 11 .278 .357 .492
2018vs Left .889 195 26 4 24 1 .314 .395 .494
2018vs Right .847 488 64 22 69 7 .274 .355 .493
2017vs Left .734 97 10 4 11 1 .250 .289 .446
2017vs Right .877 313 48 12 36 4 .292 .372 .505
2016vs Left .583 33 2 1 3 0 .172 .273 .310
2016vs Right .760 90 7 4 14 0 .250 .322 .438
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+87%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .812 601 67 22 74 8 .273 .358 .455
Since 2016Away .864 615 90 25 83 5 .284 .353 .511
2018Home .799 325 39 12 39 4 .261 .354 .445
2018Away .914 358 51 14 54 4 .307 .377 .537
2017Home .808 204 21 6 22 4 .286 .363 .445
2017Away .876 206 37 10 25 1 .278 .341 .535
2016Home .885 72 7 4 13 0 .286 .361 .524
2016Away .474 51 2 1 4 0 .152 .235 .239
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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.
BB/K
0.47
 
BB Rate
10.2%
 
K Rate
21.7%
 
BABIP
.336
 
ISO
.208
 
AVG
.285
 
OBP
.366
 
SLG
.493
 
OPS
.859
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Plays in B game
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March 7, 2019
Haniger (back) played in Thursday's intrasquad game and got a single off Justus Sheffield, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
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Not suiting up Thursday
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March 7, 2019
Haniger (back) isn't included in the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Reds.
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Expects to play this week
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March 5, 2019
Haniger said he was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Padres after tweaking his back while doing dead lifts two days earlier, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Not ready to play
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March 5, 2019
Haniger (back) was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Padres, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Nursing stiff back
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March 3, 2019
Haniger was scratched from Sunday's spring game against the Diamondbacks due to general back tightness, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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