RHB Mitch Haniger, OF
Mitch is a returning player if you are new to the Mariners team. Many of us were saddened when he signed with an NL team as a free agent for the 2023 season.
He is a Bay Area native and spent the last year with the team he grew up with, the San Francisco Giants.
The Brewers drafted Mitch in the 2012 June Amateur Draft from Caltech. In 2014, the Brewers traded him to the Diamondbacks. In 2017, Arizona traded Mitch to the Mariners. He played for the Mariners for six years, ending in 2022, spent a year in San Francisco, and now has returned to Seattle. Woohoo!
Mitch was a second-team All-American in college and was named an All Star in 2018.
RHP Anthony DeSclafani
DeSclafani is a 33-year-old Gator from New Jersey. Toronto drafted him in the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from the University of Florida. While he was still playing in the minors, the Miami Marlins requested that he be part of a multi-player trade. In 2013, he played with the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Jacksonville Suns. He began 2014 with Jacksonville but when a pitcher in the Marlins' starting rotation needed Tommy John surgery, he debuted in MLB on May 14, 2014, in a game against the Dodgers.
DeSclafani (pronounced DEE-scla-fah nee), went to the Cincinnati Reds in a trade during the 2014 offseason and made the starting rotation for 2015. He played in the same rotation as Luis Castillo and spent six years with the Reds. Anthony had some injury issues. He played no games in 2022 and pitched only 19 innings in 2023.
Anthony signed with the San Francisco Giants for the 2021 season. In April of that year, he pitched the second shutout of his career against the Colorado Rockies. That year, Anthony led the National League in shutouts. He came to the Mariners this past offseason with Mitch Haniger for Robbie Ray.