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RF

Mitch Haniger

Mitchell Evan Haniger

Height: 6'2"    Weight: 210

Bats/Throws: Right / Right

Born: 12/23/1990 in Mountain View, California

College: Cal Poly SLO

Family: Wife Amanda

Acquired: In trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks, with Jean Segura and Zac Curtis, for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte (11/23/2016)

MLB Debut: 08/16/2016

Free Agent after: 2022 season

Twitter handle: @M_Hanny17

When Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte were traded to Arizona after the 2016 campaign, the big return was supposed to be—and was—Jean Segura. But the under-the-radar "get" for the M's in that deal was Haniger, who'd turned a moderately promising minor-league career into a fantastic Triple-A year at Reno (.341/.428/.670). Haniger proved his Triple-A season was no fluke when he opened is rookie year with the M's by batting .342/.447/.608 in his first 21 games. Unfortunately, he then went on the disabled list with a strained oblique and was slow to recover his form once back in action. Then, once he was hitting his groove again, he got beaned in the face with a Jacob deGrom fastball; the injury cost him 42 games on the shelf, not to mention the trauma of a concussion, a broken nose, and a severe laceration that required minor reconstructive surgery. Now wearing an extra face guard on his batting helmet, he finished the year at a .319 clip in August and September and heads into 2018 with high expectations for a solid campaign.

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