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Mets 2012 Draft Redo: Who they could have taken over Gavin Cecchini

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Gavin Cecchini
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Mitch Haniger

When compared to Seager, Miller, and Stroman, Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger was somewhat of a late bloomer in regards to his first call up to the Major Leagues.

Haniger was originally selected by the Milwaukee Brewers before being traded to the Diamondbacks in 2014. He made his major league debut for the team in August of 2016 against the Mets and had 3 RBI in his inaugural game. However, he only ended up appearing in 34 games with Arizona before being traded to Seattle the following off-season.

Following the trade, he was named starting right fielder for the Mariners and began to develop a reputation for himself throughout the league. In 2017, he appeared in 96 games in the majors, missing time after being beaned by Jacob deGrom in July of that year (Sorry Mitch), and over that stretch, he hit 16 home runs with 47 RBI while batting .282 with a .352 OBP.

Haniger continued to him prove his game in 2018. He appeared in a career-high 157 games with Seattle, slugging 26 home runs, 93 RBI, batted an impressive .285 average for the year and posted a .366 OBP. He was selected to his first All-Star game last season and finished 11th in MVP voting.

Had the Mets selected him instead of Cecchini, they would currently have a young, power hitting right fielder to fill in the deep hole we have had in that position the past few years. He certainly would have been a welcome addition to the lineup, and likely would have prevented the Mets from the ill-fated Jay Bruce signing last season, allowing them to focus their money on other areas of the team.

Funnily enough, the Mets actually had two opportunities to select Haniger in the 2012 draft. As he was selected 38th overall, and in addition to the 12th pick that New York used on Cecchini, they also had the 35th draft pick which they used to take catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Again, all of this is just hindsight 20-20, but still, it does leave fans to wonder what could have been had the Mets made some better selections in previous drafts.

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