The Top 5 Seattle Mariners of the 2018 Season… So Far
By Ty Gonzalez
2. OF MITCH HANIGER
2018 stats (as of 8/29/18): .281 AVG / 22 HR / 83 RBI / .852 OPS / 3.3 fWAR
As you may have noticed, Haniger and Segura have combined for 6.6 fWAR in 2018. Thanks, Arizona.
For the first three months of the season, Haniger was a legitimate American League MVP candidate. But regression happens, and it hit Haniger pretty hard. Still, he’s been a fantastic player for the Mariners both offensively and defensively.
Since taking over the leadoff spot in the Mariners’ lineup, Haniger has slashed .351/.402/.588 with a pair of leadoff homers. Such production has been Springer-esque and has given the Mariners a huge edge in starting games off with a strong on-base presence.
Haniger has been the best bat in the Mariners lineup, which earned him his first ever All-Star Game selection. The Mariners haven’t had a strong outfield in quite some time, but Haniger is helping to change that.
While he’s a bit on the older side for a player with as little Major League experience as he has, the future is still very bright for Haniger and the Mariners.