The Book on Danny Hultzen
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Danny Hultzen / LHP, SEA
Bethesda, MD, USA
School: U Virginia
20 | 1/29/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (3/8/2014): #20
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #18
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #11
Minor League Ball (Sickels): #28
Baseball America 2013: #29
Baseball Prospectus: #50
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
The number two overall pick in 2011, Seattle pitching prospect Danny Hultzen is a solid lefthander who draws more than his share of Cliff Lee comparisons. With a fastball that drops in around 94mph and a no-nonsense workmanlike approach to the game, the comparison isn't far off base, either. In three seasons of duty at the University of Virginia, Hultzen went 32-5 with a 2.08 ERA. The Cavs ace also struck out a nasty 148 batters in 103 innings in his final season.
In addition to the well-advertised pinpoint fastball, he showed advanced ability to find and locate a nifty cutter, a decent change, and an occasionally-wicked slider, though he may back-shelf that one for awhile. He looked ready for MLB last season, but with not much to play for, the Mariners erred on the discretionary side, which should keep their soon-to-be-stellar rotation affordable a little bit longer. Look for him this season.
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News and Notes
6/28/2013 by KDaddy
Returning from two months away resting a strained rotator cuff, Danny Hultzen threw six shutout innings to defeat the Las Vegas 51s on Thursday at Cheney Stadium. According to scouts in attendance, Hultzen used all his pitches and threw without restraint. He should quickly regain his top-prospect status, and he's one of the biggest pieces of potential the M's will look to for a 2014 resurgence.
6/17/2012 by KDaddy
Danny Hultzen has probably been the best starter in the minors since May, as his 6-0 record, 0.40 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 7 starts should attest. He's done everything possible to earn a promotion after the break, at which point he should immediately considered Seattle's #2 starter.
1/13/2012 by DataBoy
The signing of RHP Hisashi Iwakuma probably ensures Danny Hultzen a minor league role to open 2012, considering the cost of his contract, but should the Mariners suffer injuries or (gulp?) actually contend in midseason, Hultzen is the most MLB-ready of their young pitching studs.