Hot hitting Haniger Huntsville hopeful
If Mitch Haniger’s Arizona Fall League stint is any indication into where he will head in 2014, it should be no surprise to see him as a member of the Huntsville Stars.
The former first round selection by Milwaukee made an immediate impact in the Arizona Fall League with his first career professional grand slam in the off-season opener for the Surprise Saguaros.
In his first nine games with the Saguaros, where he is alongside six other Brewer farmhands, he is tied for the league lead with 12 runs batted in and is tied for third in doubles with three.
Additionally, the outfielder ranked 12th among Brewers prospects leads the Arizona Fall League with 13 hits and is second with 22 total bases.
Haniger was awarded Fall League’s Co-Player of the Week honors after his scorching start including a six-game stretch where he produced three multi-hit games.
Haniger reached base safely in the first six games of the Fall League season where he batted 11-for-24 (.458) with a home run and seven RBI. He also collected three doubles and scored four runs.
In conjunction with his offensive production, Haniger is displaying versatility in the outfield by playing all three positions and
observers indicate two could be in his future.
Reports indicate he could be an ideal right-field candidate with the ability to play center field in the later innings of games.
Observers indicate Haniger exhibits the arm strength and demonstrated he will not loft the ball to the cutoff man.
While Haniger presently does not have the prototypical power numbers a corner outfielder needs, many scouts believe it will develop as he progresses through the organization.
And given his short and rapid progression through the organization after his first full season in the Brewers’ organization, it brings plenty of promise.
Haniger’s performance in the Fall League speaks high volumes for the quick progression through his first full professional season in 2013.
The outfielder entered the 2013 season with Single A Wisconsin and immediately made the jump to High A Brevard County 41 games into the season – where he belted five home runs with 25 RBI and 12 doubles with the Timber Rattlers.
Haniger’s initial season was cut short due to a season-ending leg injury 12 games into the 2012 Timber Rattlers’ season and there was initial doubt following the injury.
However, Haniger told Brewers Farm Report in August he was fortunate his ligament did not require surgery and all he needed was a long rehabilitation stint to rebuild strength.