Mitch Haniger
Mitch Haniger
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners
60-Day IL
Injury Back
Est. Return 9/1/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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May not play in 2020
OFSeattle Mariners
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July 8, 2020
GM Jerry Dipoto said Wednesday that Haniger (back) hasn't resumed baseball activities and there's a possibility he doesn't play this season, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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The 29-year-old was placed on the 60-day injured list before the start of summer training last week, which was a solid indication he may not be taking the field anytime soon. Haniger first went down with a ruptured testicle last summer and required multiple surgeries, and he also had a procedure to fix a vertebrae in his lower back in February. The team is making sure the outfielder doesn't push things beyond his comfort zone during the recovery process, which makes sense given the myriad of issues he's returning from. The Mariners don't appear in a rush to put Haniger on the field for the shortened 2020 campaign, though he's yet to be officially ruled out.
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+10%
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+25%
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+5%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .896 264 38 8 34 1 .301 .394 .502
Since 2018vs Right .813 702 98 33 91 11 .253 .335 .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
2018vs Left .889 195 26 4 24 1 .314 .395 .494
2018vs Right .847 488 64 22 69 7 .274 .355 .493
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+12%
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+5%
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+14%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .786 466 62 19 54 6 .245 .343 .443
Since 2018Away .881 500 74 22 71 6 .285 .358 .523
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2019Home .757 141 23 7 15 2 .207 .319 .438
2019Away .798 142 23 8 17 2 .232 .310 .488
2018Home .799 325 39 12 39 4 .261 .354 .445
2018Away .914 358 51 14 54 4 .307 .377 .537
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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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Moves to 60-day IL
OFSeattle Mariners
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June 28, 2020
Haniger (back) was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
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Status remains uncertain
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June 24, 2020
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said Wednesday that he's unsure of Haniger's (back) status for spring training 2.0, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Remains without recovery timeline
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April 11, 2020
GM Jerry Dipoto indicated Saturday that Haniger (back/core) has no timeline for his return to baseball activities, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Doing light exercise at home
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April 2, 2020
Haniger (back/core) said last week that he's been able to do some core exercises for strength and mobility at his home in California since MLB suspended its season, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.
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Ramping up rehab soon
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March 5, 2020
Haniger (back) will be limited to walking for approximately one more week before he begins ramping up his rehab process, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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