Posted: Jun 22, 2012 6:24 PM by Andrew Masuda
Cal Poly junior center fielder Mitch Haniger, the second-highest Mustang ever drafted by Major League Baseball, earned second-team All-America Honors from Baseball America on Friday.
The 38th overall pick in the 2012 Major League Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers was also placed on Collegiate Baseball newspaper's second team. He is the first Mustang to earn All-American honors since Grant Desme in 2007.
Haniger, who signed for a reported $1.2 million on June 15, has been assigned to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Appleton, Wisc.
The Big West Conference Player of the Year led the conference in home runs (13), RBI (64), slugging percentage (.626), total bases (132) and sacrifice flies (7).
Haniger 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, and threw out nine runners from center field, where he started all 56 games..
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.
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