Mitch Haniger
Mitch Haniger
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners
Injury Back
Est. Return 12/8/2019
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
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
Should be unrestricted in spring
OFSeattle Mariners
September 30, 2019
Haniger (back) said Sunday that he expects to be fully healthy within the next month or so and enter spring training with no restrictions, Greg Johns of reports.
Initially placed on the injured list in June after rupturing his testicle and requiring surgery, Haniger ultimately failed to make it back to action for the Mariners after experiencing back issues during the rehab process that were likely related to the procedure. Haniger noted prior to the Mariners' season-ending win over the Athletics that he's gradually been able to increase his activities over the past week, setting him up for what should be a relatively normal offseason. Assuming he enters the spring with his health intact, the 28-year-old would make for an attractive bounce-back candidate after earning an All-Star nod in 2018, when he hit .285 with 26 home runs.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .852 361 48 12 45 2 .287 .366 .486
Since 2017vs Right .833 1015 146 45 127 15 .265 .346 .487
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
2017vs Left .734 97 10 4 11 1 .250 .289 .446
2017vs Right .877 313 48 12 36 4 .292 .372 .505
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .793 670 83 25 76 10 .258 .349 .444
Since 2017Away .880 706 111 32 96 7 .283 .353 .526
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
2017Home .808 204 21 6 22 4 .286 .363 .445
2017Away .876 206 37 10 25 1 .278 .341 .535
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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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Season very likely over
OFSeattle Mariners
September 21, 2019
Haniger (back) has still not been officially ruled out for the season, but his back hasn't shown any tangible improvement and he's likely to sit out the team's remaining games, Greg Johns of reports. "He still has a few issues going on," manager Scott Servais said. "Obviously we're at the point in the season where it doesn't look great for him getting back on the field. I don't rule out anything, but it would be very difficult."
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Still on hold despite improvement
OFSeattle Mariners
September 16, 2019
Haniger (back) has seen some improvement in his back issues over the last couple of days but will not be on the Mariners' six-game road trip that begins Tuesday, Greg Johns of reports. "I'm just kind of waiting," manager Scott Servais said. "He is feeling better. The issues he had with his back are starting to calm down, which is good. It's just been a crazy year. Sometimes that happens."
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Not ruled out for season yet
OFSeattle Mariners
September 13, 2019
Haniger (back) hasn't been ruled out for the rest of the regular season yet, Greg Johns of reports.
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Return chances bleaker than ever
OFSeattle Mariners
September 12, 2019
Haniger (groin/back) remains shut down from his rehab assignment due to back tightness and all indications are that he will not return this season, Greg Johns of reports.
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Nothing new after second opinion
OFSeattle Mariners
September 8, 2019
Haniger (groin/back) didn't hear anything new from his second opinion on his strained lower back, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
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