Posted: Jun 4, 2012 8:43 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Jun 4, 2012 11:08 PM
Cal Poly junior outfielder Mitch Haniger was taken 38th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night. The 6'2, 215-pounder was selected in the Compensation Round which followed the first round. Haniger becomes the second highest draft pick in Cal Poly history. Catcher John Orton was selected with the 25th overall pick by the California Angels in 1987.
Haniger was the Big West Player of the year, becoming just the third Cal Poly player to earn that award. He led the conference in home runs (13) and runs batted in (64). Haniger also posted an impressive .354 batting average and .438 on-base percentage. Haniger stole six bases in 12 attempts.
After he was drafted the Major League Baseball Network compared him to Kansas City Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur. The comparison is likely due in part to Haniger's arm, which Cal Poly Head Coach Larry Lee says is the best he's ever coached.
The Brewers are 24-30 and in fourth place in the National League Central. Haniger and Milwaukee will now work on signing a contract and he will likely be sent to the Brewers Rookie League team when he does sign.
Rounds 2-15 of the draft will be held on Tuesday and the final 25 rounds will be on Wednesday. Haniger's teammate Mike Miller along with Nipomo High School senior Ryan McNeil are hoping to hear their names called at some point.
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