KANSAS CITY -- Mitch Haniger, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo outfielder selected by the Brewers with the 38th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, said via his Twitter account that he was set to sign with Milwaukee on Thursday. Haniger would have to pass a physical exam before the deal is official, so the Brewers have made no announcement. A baseball source confirmed late Monday that the sides have a tentative agreement, and said Haniger would get a $1.2 million bonus. That's slightly below Major League Baseball's $1.359 million recommendation for the 38th overall selection.
The Brewers already signed their other two picks from Day 1 of the Draft, prep catcher Clint Coulter for $1.675 million and college outfielder Victor Roache for $1.525 million. Those players went 27th and 28th overall. The original plan had the Brewers introducing all three players together at Miller Park, but Haniger's trip was delayed because he had a final exam at Cal Poly. Haniger, 21, is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound center fielder. He was the runaway Big West Conference leader in home runs (13), RBIs (64), slugging percentage (.626) and total bases (132). He hails from the same school that produced Brewers outfield prospect Logan Schafer, whom Haniger considers a friend. "I had heard from my advisors that [the Brewers] were one of the teams real interested, but once Victor Roache got taken in the late first round, I thought there was less of a chance they were going to take me at 38," Haniger said on Draft night. "But it's awesome, it was a great feeling. Words can't describe it."