Mitch Haniger

Mitch Haniger

31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Haniger had a monster year in 2021 two years removed from free agency, but followed that up with the kind of year which reminded us of his fragility as he headed into free agency missing over 100 games with a high ankle sprain after fouling a ball off his instep in late June. The pre-injury numbers were mostly in line with non-2021 efforts but not the type of season a 31-year old pending free agent wanted to hit the open market with on his resume. The expected home run data tells us that Haniger's homer totals would not improve anywhere else in the league but there are parks where things could get worse for him which is concerning given he hits for a league average and no longer steals bases. Ultimately, his 2023 fantasy value hinges upon the lineup he joins more than the new park he calls home as he remains an above-average run producer that will soon become a full-time DH. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $7.75 million contract with the Mariners in April of 2022.
No qualifying offer coming
OFFree Agent  
November 8, 2022
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday the team doesn't plan to extend Haniger a qualifying offer for 2023, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old will hit free agency for the first time in his career, though Dipoto also expressed interest in bringing the outfielder back at a lower price than the $19.65 million qualifying offer. Haniger suffered a high-ankle sprain in April and was limited to 57 games in 2022. He was decent at the plate when healthy with a .246/.308/.429 slash line, 11 home runs and 34 RBI.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
20
15
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
14
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .885 300 54 19 42 1 .277 .347 .538
Since 2020vs Right .741 638 87 31 92 0 .240 .301 .440
2022vs Left .764 71 12 3 7 0 .246 .338 .426
2022vs Right .725 176 19 8 27 0 .245 .295 .429
2021vs Left .921 229 42 16 35 1 .286 .349 .571
2021vs Right .747 462 68 23 65 0 .237 .303 .444
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
Even Split
2022
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .785 443 60 26 66 0 .248 .305 .480
Since 2020Away .787 495 81 24 68 1 .255 .325 .461
2022Home .854 108 13 7 17 0 .271 .333 .521
2022Away .647 139 18 4 17 0 .227 .288 .359
2021Home .763 335 47 19 49 0 .240 .296 .468
2021Away .843 356 63 20 51 1 .266 .340 .503
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
26.3%
 
BABIP
.293
 
ISO
.183
 
AVG
.246
 
OBP
.308
 
SLG
.429
 
OPS
.736
 
wOBA
.322
 
Exit Velocity
91.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.0%
 
Barrels/PA
7.7%
 
Expected BA
.245
 
Expected SLG
.450
 
Sprint Speed
23.2 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
37.3%
 
Line Drive %
19.9%
 
Fly Ball %
42.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Haniger went from feelings of torture to euphoria over the past two seasons. His 2019 season ended when he fouled a fastball off his unprotected family jewels in early June. His recovery was anything but smooth and sports hernia surgery led to him missing 2020, which made his 2021 season all the more amazing. Many players have career years at certain ages or after certain amounts of MLB exposure, but to have one after missing 1.5 seasons is truly incredible. The counting category production was league-winning for many considering where Haniger went in most drafts last year, yet his batting average and OBP numbers were both sharply lower than where he was in 2017 and 2018. Sure, he strikes out a little more and walks a bit less, but Haniger lacks some of the elite batted-ball rankings that other sluggers with his counting numbers show. Expect a tilt back to 2018 levels while admiring how special 2021 was for him.
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.
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 during victory
OFSeattle Mariners  
October 6, 2022
Haniger went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's 5-4 win over Detroit.
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Belts 10th homer Tuesday
OFSeattle Mariners  
October 5, 2022
Haniger went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk during an extra-inning win over the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
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Riding pine Saturday
OFSeattle Mariners  
October 1, 2022
Haniger isn't starting Saturday against Oakland.
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Slugs two homers
OFSeattle Mariners  
September 29, 2022
Haniger went 2-for-5 with a pair of two-run home runs in Thursday's 10-9 win over the Rangers in extra innings.
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Productive in defeat
OFSeattle Mariners  
September 25, 2022
Haniger went 3-for-6 with a double, two runs, two RBI and a strikeout during Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Royals.
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