Debuting in mid-August last season, Mitch 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 went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk in Sunday's 11-1 win over the Athletics. As would be expected considering his early-season tear, Haniger was a key contributor to the Mariners' 11-run outburst, extending his season-long streak of reaching safely to 20 games. The 26-year-old outfielder has been one of the steals of the offseason in all of baseball after coming to Seattle in a Nov. 23 five-player trade with the Diamondbacks that also netted Jean Segura. Factoring in Sunday's production, Haniger now sports team-leading totals in hits (25), batting average (.321), RBI (16), runs (19), OBP (.430) and OPS (1.020) while also sharing the top spot in walks (13) with Nelson Cruz.
Haniger went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in a 3-1 loss to the Athletics on Friday The emerging outfielder opened the scoring on the night with a three-bagger that plated Guillermo Heredia in the third one night after seeing his 13-game hitting streak snapped in a 9-6 loss. The hit extended Haniger's team-leading RBI total to 16 and represented his first hit against Oakland pitching in eight at-bats. The 26-year-old's early-season performance and premium spot near the top of the order make him one of the hottest properties on the fantasy landscape in the early going of the 2017 campaign.
Haniger went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, four RBI and three runs against the Marlins on Wednesday. He's now hit in 13 straight games, and Haniger's checking the boxes across every fantasy category -- he's now hitting .323 with four homers, 15 RBI, 15 runs and a pair of steals. The 26-year-old was a popular sleeper heading into the season, and he's rapidly developed into an upper-crust fantasy asset.
Haniger went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in Monday's 5-0 loss to the Marlins. With one out in the ninth and the Marlins on the verge of a combined no-hitter, Haniger turned on a 2-1 Kyle Barraclough pitch and blasted it into deep right center, resulting in a two-bagger that would serve as the Mariners' only hit on the night. The 26-year-old outfielder has been as good as he teased he could be during spring, and he now has a 12-game hitting streak. While that stretch has been undeniably impressive, it's likely that Haniger has yet to truly explode; he hasn't tallied more than two hits in any game, leading to a solid .293 average that has the potential to go much higher.
Haniger went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and four RBI during Sunday's win over Texas. During his active 10-game hitting streak, Haniger has four home runs, 11 RBI, 10 runs and a .359/.457/.718 slash line. It's an impressive start after he flashed upside during his 2016 debut with Arizona. Expect there to be peaks and valleys throughout his first full season in the majors, but he appears locked into the two-hole, directly in front of Seattle's three best hitters. That cushy setup will certainly help his fantasy floor.