Find out more about the versatile Sam Haggerty, as we take a look at the Seattle Mariners’ latest addition to the 40-man roster.
The main focus for the Seattle Mariners on Friday was in respect of the arbitration deadline. As we reported, they managed to agree one-year deals with Mitch Hainger, Mallex Smith and Sam Tuivailala.
However, that was not the only news to come out of the Pacific Northwest. The Mariners have also claimed Sam Haggerty off waivers from the New York Mets, which means the 40-man roster is full at the time of posting.
Understandably, a lot of fans will be wondering who Haggerty is. Here are five things to know about the M’s latest pickup:
1. Haggerty made his Major League debut in September last year and appeared in 11 games in total. He had no hits in four plate appearances, but still managed to score two runs.
2. Interestingly, the 25-year-old has only actually played 19 times at the Triple-A level. He was particularly effective in 12 games last year with a slash line of .310/.383/.524, which produced one homer, nine RBIs, four doubles and a triple (as well as four walks and four stolen bases).
3. Overall, Haggerty’s slash line at Triple-A is .271/.358/.424. By comparison, albeit with a considerably larger sample size of 155 games, his slash line at Double-A is .250/.371/.378.
4. The Phoenix, Arizona native was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round of the 2015 MLB draft. He spent four years in the Indians’ minor league system, before being traded to the Mets at the start of 2019.
5. One thing in particular that will appeal to the Mariners’ is Haggerty’s versatility, which includes being a switch-hitter. In terms of where he can play, he has seen time at shortstop, second base, third base and all three outfield positions.
6. Haggerty went to the University of New Mexico and played baseball for the Lobos. His resume includes being awarded co-Freshman of the Year of the Mountain West Conference and being named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans team, both in his first year at college.
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