A mere seven hitters posted an OPS higher than the 1.054 mark supplied by Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger in April, which of course led fantasy owners to become quite enamored with the 26-year-old rookie. Then Haniger strained an oblique and hit the disabled list for six weeks, blunting the momentum. Still, when Haniger returned he remained popular. Expectations were high. He rapped four hits in his second game back and homered in his fourth game.
Since then, however, things haven’t gone so well for Haniger, and fantasy owners, the patient lot that they clearly are, moved on. Quickly. Haniger is hitting .207 since his return, including those productive games in mid-June and Thursday’s one hit in four at-bats. That was Haniger’s return after he missed four games this week with a jammed finger. Haniger used to hit second in the order, but hasn’t since his return. His fantasy ownership in ESPN standard leagues has plummeted to 32 percent and he’s one of the most-dropped players.