The Milwaukee Brewers have made their pick in the Compensation Round in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, 38th overall.
With that 38th selection, the Brewers took: Mitch Haniger, an OF from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly SLO is current Nashville Sounds’ OF Logan Schafer’s alma mater.
Haniger bats and throws righty. Here is his profile on his college’s website.
Haniger was the 2012 Big West Conference player of the year, batting .346 and leading the league with 13 home runs and 64 RBI. He played center field but doesn’t have ideal speed for the position so with his strong arm he possibly projects as a right-fielder at the Major League level.
MLB.com has the following posted about Haniger:
“In a year that is not known for college bats, Haniger’s ability to hit with power has many teams intrigued with the Cal Poly outfielder. Strong and muscular, Haniger hits from a wide, open stance with plus bat speed and a slight uppercut that allows him to drive the ball to all fields when he makes contact. He’s been doing that more consistently this year, showing improved plate discipline to improve his overall offensive game. There’s enough loft and strength where he could hit 25 homers annually at the next level.
“Not a burner, Haniger is a heady baserunner who picks his spots to run. While he plays center field for Cal Poly, he’ll be better suited for right. He has a plus arm and his power certainly profiles well for what teams look for in the position. There’s going to be some swing and miss to his game, but the power, his arm and his aggressive style of play give him the chance to be an everyday Major League right fielder in the future.”
John Manuel of Baseball America offered this as a quick scouting report on Haniger: “Physicality and power potential make him a top prospect; 13 homers this spring.”
***UPDATE: Comments from Haniger***
“I’ve spoken to (Logan Schafer) every time he came back for our alumni game. I also trained one winter break at the facility he trained at. He loves playing for the Brewers; said everything has been great. I’m sure I’ll be in touch with him soon and talk about the minor-league system.
“I heard from my advisors they were one of the teams interested but once Victor Roache got taken in the late first round I thought there was a lesser chance they would take me at No. 38. But it’s awesome; a great feeling. Words can’t describe it.
“I played center field this year. I believe I can stay there. I think I profile well in both spots (center and right). I’m excited to see where the Brewers want me to play. We’ll see. I can play both. I’m happy to make a position change if necessary. I’m really confident in my arm strength.”
You can follow Mitch Haniger on Twitter at: @M_Hanny19