Mariners Hitter #5: Sam Haggerty
The 26-year-old was a pleasant surprise last season and is competing for a role this Spring. So far, he hasn’t found his groove offensively. The utility player is hitting .188 through 16 at-bats. He also had a .235 OBP, .313 slugging percentage, and .548 OPS thanks to his one triple.
Sam has also struck out a whopping six times with only one walk. But in good news, he has used his speed when one the base paths and stolen two bases.
Last season, he hit .260 with a .315 OBP, .400 slugging percentage, and .715 OPS.
His current Spring form is a little worrisome because he is more of a contact hitter and high strikeouts are not what we want. There is no question that he can offer a lot defensively for Scott Servais, but there is intense competition in the clubhouse right now and anyone could leapfrog Haggerty at any moment.
The coaching staff is giving Haggerty lots of chances like Jake Fraley, so it will be interesting to see if he can make the most of the chances for the remainder of the month. This Spring is one of the most important ones for Haggerty to not only make the lineup for 2021 but prove he belongs in Seattle for the long term.
As always, we end with honorable mentions for the coldest bats in Arizona.