Haniger Among Four Mustang Baseball Players Signing Pro Contracts
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly junior center fielder Mitch Haniger, the second-highest Mustang ever drafted by Major League Baseball, signed his first professional contract Friday.
The 38th overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, chosen in the Compensation A round by the Milwaukee Brewers, Haniger signed a contract that includes a $1.2 million signing bonus, according to numerous media outlets. The assigned value for the 38th overall selection is $1,359,100.
Haniger flew to Milwaukee on Thursday for a physical and to sign the contract. He has been assigned to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, which is based in Appleton and plays in the Low-A Midwest League.
Also signing since the draft was completed June 6 were senior shortstop Mike Miller with the Boston Red Sox, junior right-handed pitcher Nick Grim with the Baltimore Orioles and senior southpaw Kyle Anderson with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Miller was selected by the Red Sox in the ninth round while Grim was chosen by Baltimore in the 17th round. Anderson was not selected but signed his contract with Toronto as an undrafted free agent immediately after the draft ended.
Three weeks ago, Haniger became Cal Poly's first baseball All-American in five years -- placed on the Louisville Slugger second team by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and on the third team by College Sports Madness -- and the Archbishop Mitty High School graduate also became the third Mustang to earn Big West Conference Player of the Year honors, following catcher Kyle Blumenthal in 2005 and outfielder Grant Desme in 2007.
Haniger, who is projected to be a corner outfielder, was the runaway Big West Conference leader in home runs (13), RBI (64), slugging percentage (.626), total bases (132) and sacrifice flies (7).
Haniger (6-2, 215, Santa Clara, CA) hit .346 with 18 doubles and a triple while stealing six of 12 bases. When the regular season concluded May 27, Haniger was 11th in the nation in RBI, 13th in RBI per game (1.14), 30th in slugging percentage, 42nd in total bases, 32nd in home runs, 44th in home runs per game (0.23) and 21st in sacrifice flies.
In three years with the Mustangs, Haniger finished fourth all-time with 26 career home runs, tied for No. 3 with 47 career doubles and tied for No. 5 with 137 career RBI. He had a 10-game hitting streak snapped by Long Beach State on March 30, going 16-for-36 (444) during the streak to lift his average 64 points.
Haniger threw out nine runners from center field this season, where he started all 56 games.
Haniger produced 22 multiple-hit games, including a five-hit contest vs. Cal State Northridge and seven three-hit games. He hit two homers in the Metrodome and went 8-for-13 in the Cal State Northridge series and 8-for-18 in the Loyola Marymount series with nine RBI and five runs scored, earning Big West Field Player of the Week honors both times.
Haniger hit .274 as sophomore with 14 doubles, two triples and six home runs. He collected 27 RBI, four stolen bases, 11 multiple-hit games and a quartet of multiple-RBI contests, hitting safely in 25 of his last 30 games, going 35-for-111 (.315).
As a true freshman in 2010, Haniger hit in 14 consecutive games and hit .326 with 15 doubles, one triple and seven home runs, including a grand slam against Pacific, and drove in 46 RBIs. He had 17 multiple-hit games, including a 5-for-6 contest in the season finale against CSU Bakersfield, and 14 multiple-RBI contests, including back-to-back three-RBI games against UCLA.
Haniger was named Big West Freshman Player of the Year in 2010. He is a 2009 graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, where he hit .364 as a senior with a school-record 12 home runs and 25 RBI.
Haniger, drafted in the 31st round by the New York Mets following his senior year in high school (2009), has a brother, Jason, who was a four-year catcher at Georgia Tech and drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round in 2008.
Last summer, Haniger played with the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League, hitting .277 with seven doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI. He was named the No. 3 Major League prospect out of the Northwoods League by Baseball America.
Miller, the 301st overall selection and the first ever to be drafted in the ninth round, became the 17th Cal Poly baseball player chosen in the first 10 rounds since Larry Lee took over as head coach 10 years ago.
Miller (5-8, 170, Concord, CA/De La Salle HS/Cuesta College) had Cal Poly's longest hitting streak of the season -- 14 games -- and also led the Mustangs with his .354 batting average, 87 hits and 56 runs scored, all figures in the top three in the Big West, en route to first-team All-Big West Conference honors.
Miller produced 16 doubles, four triples and three home runs, two in the Pacific series when he went 7-for-11 with five RBI. He also was 8-for-17 with five RBI in the San Diego State series, 11-for-21 in the Loyola Marymount series and 10-for-18 in four games against CSU Bakersfield.
Miller compiled 27 multiple-hit games, including a 5-for-5 contest against Pacific, a four-hit game against Loyola Marymount and 10 three-hit contests, including back-to-back three-hit games against Cal State Fullerton. He reached base safely in 25 straight contests and started all 56 games at shortstop.
Miller played one season at Cuesta College, earning first-team All-Western State Conference North Division honors, before transferring to Cal Poly as a sophomore in 2010. Miller hit .306 last season as a junior on his way to All-Big West honorable mention praise.
Miller is a 2007 graduate of De La Salle High School in Concord, leading the Spartans to a 21-7 record, a Bay Valley League championship and the CIF-North Coast Section Division I title in 2007.
Cal Poly's set-up reliever, Grim posted a 3-2 record and 4.74 ERA in 21 appearances on the mound this spring, recording 19 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. He pitched three innings for the win against Loyola Marymount, 1 2/3 innings for another win against Long Beach State and 1 1/3 innings for his last win at CSU Bakersfield.
Grim allowed just one earned run in a stretch of eight appearances (0.96 ERA) from March 6 through April 17. Grim, a transfer to Cal Poly from Monterey Peninsula last summer, compiled a 6-3 record and 2.81 ERA in 12 starts as a sophomore with the Lobos in 2011, striking out 95 batters in 83 1/3 innings. Opponents hit just .180 as Grim earned first-team All-Coast Conference and All-NorCal honors.
As a freshman at Monterey Peninsula, Grim was 5-4 with a 4.16 ERA, striking out 70 in 75 2/3 innings en route to second-team All-Coast Conference honors. He was the Lobos' pitcher of the year.
Grim is a 2009 graduate of Salinas High School, where he earned first-team All-Tri-County League honors as a senior under head coach Art Hunsdorfer. A four-year varsity letter winner in baseball, he compiled a 6-2 win-loss record and 1.25 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 56 innings as a senior.
Anderson had a breakthrough season in his final year with the Mustangs, posting a 10-1 record with two complete games and a 3.40 ERA as Cal Poly's Saturday starter.
Anderson posted a six-hit shutout against Washington on March 10, Cal Poly's first complete-game shutout in five years, and his other complete game was a 7-4 triumph over San Diego State on March 24 as he scattered 10 hits with five strikeouts.
Anderson notched 61 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings, including a career-high 11 against Washington. He gave up 21 earned runs in 26 innings over five starts (7.27 ERA) from April 21 through May 19, but closed out his Mustang career by allowing one unearned run in six innings for the win at UC Riverside on May 26.
Anderson finished his junior campaign with a 3-5 record and 4.26 ERA, pitching six scoreless innings for a win against Valparaiso, five scoreless frames for another win against Santa Clara and allowed one run and five hits in six innings for the win at Stanford.
In 2010, Anderson appeared in 13 games with 11 starts as a sophomore. He was a weekend starter in the first six weeks of the season before moving into the role of starter for midweek games, compiling a 3-4 record and 9.10 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings.
As a freshman in 2009, Anderson appeared in four games on the mound, all midweek starts, and compiled a 0-2 record and 7.88 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 16 innings.
Anderson, 16-12 in four seasons at Cal Poly, was a three-year varsity letter winner at Aptos High, earning first-team All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and first-team All-Santa Cruz County honors as a senior. He played in the 2002 Little League World Series at Williamsport, Penn.
Miller has been assigned to the Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League while Anderson will play for the Bluefield Blue Jays in the Appalachian League. Grim is still awaiting his assignment.
Cal Poly finished the 2012 season 36-20 overall, winning its last seven games and 14 of 17. For the second time in their 16 years as a member of the Big West, the Mustangs finished second with a 16-8 mark, one game behind champion Cal State Fullerton.