Haniger, who's now slashing .406/.472/.719 over 32 spring at-bats, is drawing high praise from manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "His approach and how he goes about his business, he's as prepared as any young player I've seen in a long time," Servais said. "He's very disciplined, when he goes to the cage, how he takes his batting practice, what he does in his pregame. It's paying off."
Haniger will start in right field in 2017 and is setting a rather high bar with the outstanding spring he's put together, which includes four doubles, two home runs and six RBI. He's displayed above-average plate discipline as well, whiffing only five times in 32 at-bats. While Taijuan Walker, whom the Mariners surrendered in the trade with the Diamondbacks that netted Jean Segura and Haniger, has been excellent in Arizona in his first three spring starts, the 26-year-old outfielder is currently exceeding expectations as a secondary component of that transaction. In addition to his success at the plate, he also showed his positional versatility Monday by playing in left field, something that could happen on occasion in 2017 when the Mariners want to get Nelson Cruz in the outfield without sitting Haniger.