Height/Weight: 6’2”/215 lbs
College: Cal Poly
A player whose draft stock is gaining momentum, Haniger is a toolsy outfield prospect with a big-league frame as well as legitimate baseball skills. He consistently drives the ball to all fields and has shown increasing power potential over the course of the current season.
Haniger has adapted a more patient approach at the plate, which has allowed him to manipulate more counts in his favor and, in turn, see more pitches to drive. He seems more rhythmic at the plate in general, which has led to him being more comfortable even when behind in the count.
He’s played a solid center field this season, but his speed is only a slightly above-average tool, so it’s yet to be determined if he’ll continue to play there at the next level. However, Haniger possesses an accurate plus arm, which would likely be a cleaner fit in right field.
Personally, I see him having a Jayson Werth-type ceiling due his power, plate discipline, range and arm. If Haniger retains his approach at the next level, he could conceivably reach the majors by the end of 2014 or mid-2015.
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