Mustangs in the Pros: Haniger Closes Out Home Stand With Three Hits

Mustangs in the Pros: Haniger Closes Out Home Stand With Three Hits

MUSTANGS IN THE PROS (pdf)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Three former Cal Poly baseball players opened their 2017 seasons in the Major Leagues.

Perhaps getting the most attention is right fielder Mitch Haniger of the Seattle Mariners, who went 3-for-4 Wednesday, reaching base five times and driving in four runs, as Seattle closed out a nine-game home stand with a 10-5 win over the Miami Marlins.

Haniger is batting .323 with a .432 on-base percentage, .597 slugging percentage, five doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI in 16 games with the Mariners. He was traded to Seattle from the Arizona Diamondbacks last November and has quickly gained the attention of Seattle fans and players.

Read a story by the Seattle Times on Haniger's performance Wednesday by clicking here. Also, read a story by Lucas Clark of The Tribune by clicking here.

The other two ex-Mustangs who opened their 2017 seasons in the Major Leagues were relief pitcher Casey Fien, also of the Seattle Mariners, and Bud Norris, a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels.

After five appearances on the mound and an 11.12 ERA, Fien has been sent down to Tacoma. Norris has a 2.45 ERA and two holds in his first six appearances on the mound for the Angels.

Opening the year in Triple-A are pitcher Chase Johnson of the Sacramento River Cats, pitcher Jeff Johnson of the Columbus Clippers and infielder Mike Miller of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Outfielder Nick Torres is in Double-A at San Antonio while outfielder Zack Zehner opened his year at Double-A Trenton with a six-game hitting streak and a .344 batting average.

Catcher Chris Hoo has been assigned to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp of the Double-A Eastern League, but is sidelined with an injury. Mark Mathias, an infielder, dislocated his shoulder in a Cactus League game in March and is sidelined until early May. He has been assigned to the Akron RubberDucks.

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Photo above of Mitch Haniger courtesy of MLB.com