The Seattle Mariners picked Danny Hultzen in the first round of the MLB 2011 First Year Players Draft. Hutzen, a 21 year old lefty from Virginia stands at 6'3" and weighs 200 lbs. In 3 years at Virginia he held a 31 - 5 record with a 2.18 ERA while holding hitters to a low .189 batting average.
Hultzen has a fastball that tops out at 95 MPH, complimented by a changeup with some late movement. His slider is rated at above Major League level. Director of Scouting, Tom McNamara said; "Danny is one of the top pitchers in the draft with tremendous athletic ability. We look forward to having him in our organization and working his way toward being part of our Major League rotation in the near future."
Danny was picked second after Gerrit Cole was selected number one by the Pirates. The draft experts anticipated Anthony Rendon, a third baseman from Rice to go in the top two but there was some concern about a shoulder injury and two ankle surgeries. Rendon dropped down to the number 6 spot, picked up by the Washington Nationals.
Hopefully the Mariners picked a good one today. The rotation could be a deadly mix if Danny Hultzen ends up being a star pitcher.
Welcome to the club - we hope to see you in the BIGS soon!