In the 31st round of the 2009 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected Mitch “the shed” Haniger out of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. He did not sign with the Mets and went on to play two seasons of college ball at Cal Poly.
Following his All-American season in his second year at Cal Poly, Haniger was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers 38th overall in the 2012 supplemental MLB Draft. The pick was given to the Brewers following the loss of Prince Fielder. Haniger was assigned to the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
On July 31, 2014, Haniger and Anthony Bander were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for OF Gerardo Para. Haniger began the year in the Diamondbacks’ farm system but made his MLB debut on August 16, 2016 (against the Mets!). He is the first Diamondbacks player to have a triple in his inaugural at-bat and finished the day with three RBIs.
Currently, Haniger is with the Mariners batting .280 with 11 home runs through the first 52 games of the season. He is proving to be a vital part of the Mariners’ team.