Former Wisconsin Timber Rattlers outfielder Mitch Haniger had a memorable major-league debut for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI in Arizona’s 7-5 loss to the New York Mets.
Haniger batted seventh and played left field. He struck out and grounded out before hitting a two-RBI triple for his first major-league knock. He doubled home another run in his fourth and final at-bat of the game.
Haniger was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 2012 amateur draft. He started his professional playing career in the Midwest League, batting .294 with 6 HR, 33 RBI and 8 SB in 55 games with the 2012-13 Timber Rattlers. The Brewers traded him to the Diamondbacks for outfielder Gerardo Parra in 2014. (Parra also is a Midwest League alumnus. He batted .320 with 6 HR, 57 RBI and 24 SB in 110 games with the 2007 South Bend Silver Hawks.)
Before his promotion to the big leagues, Haniger split the 2016 season between Double-A and Triple-A. He cumulatively batted .325 with 24 HR, 86 RBI and 10 SB in 119 games.
Haniger was the second former Timber Rattlers player to make his major-league debut Tuesday. Earlier that day, pitcher Damien Magnifico made his debut for the Brewers. Read how he did here.
Aybar, Scivicque traded
The Atlanta Braves traded infielder Erick Aybar to the Detroit Tigers for infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Kade Scivicque. Less than 24 hours later, the Braves designated Aviles for assignment.
Aybar was the starting shortstop for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He batted .308 with 6 HR, 57 RBI and 32 SB in 125 games. In 97 games with the Braves this season, the 11-year MLB veteran batted .242 with 2 HR and 26 RBI.
Scivicque played 42 games for the 2015 West Michigan Whitecaps. He batted .242 with 5 HR and 17 RBI. He played 105 games with the High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers this season, batting .282 with 6 HR and 41 RBI.
Alvarez keeps ‘Nuts hitless
Great Lakes Loons RHP Yadier Alvarez kept the Lansing Lugnuts hitless during the first five innings of his team’s 12-0 win Tuesday. He struck out eight, walked three, and threw a wild pitch.
Ibandel Isabel and Logan Landon each had three hits (including a solo home run) and three runs batted in for the Loons. Brendon Davis also had three hits for Great Lakes, and drove in two runs.