Although it was his second season in the majors, 2017 was Mitch 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.
Haniger went 5-for-5 with a run scored in Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Angels. Haniger put on a show at the plate, as he a recorded a hit in each of his plate appearances and stretched three of them into doubles. Saturday's game rounded out a terrific September performance for Haniger. Over 27 games, he slashed .365/.387/.635 and hit seven home runs. His recent efforts have given him a .285 batting average and .852 OPS for the year.
Haniger went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the Mariners' victory over the Athletics on Monday. Haniger is finishing the season on a high note, as he now owns a modest four-game hit streak and boasts a .354/.380/.635 slash line during the month of September. His second season in the big leagues has been somewhat of a breakout, as he has an .840 OPS and 16 home runs in 91 games this year.
Haniger went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers. Haniger now has five round trippers in September, his best monthly total in that category. The 26-year-old outfielder has hit safely in four straight games as well and boasts a .368/.392/.645 in what has been a torrid month.
Haniger went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs Saturday against the Astros. Haniger crushed his 13th bomb of the campaign to pull the Mariners within two runs in the ninth inning of a losing effort. After going hitless in the last two games, he returned to form as he's having an absolutely stellar month, making him a major fantasy asset during the most crucial time of the season.
Haniger went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers. Haniger got the Mariners to within a run with his 365-foot shot to left in the third, his second round tripper in the last three games. The slugging outfielder was slumping for a while, but he's lately returned to the caliber of effort he was providing early in the season, as he's slashing .489/.489/.889 with a .573 wOBA and .273 wRC+ over the 45 plate appearances he's seen since Aug. 30. The torrid stretch, which includes seven multi-hit efforts, has allowed Haniger to raise his season average 38 points to .278.