Danny Hultzen, LHP, Did not pitch professionally in 2011
6-2, 200 lbs, 22 years old
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Acquired: 2011 Amateur Draft (1st Round)
Hultzen has a low-mid-90s fastball, a great changeup, and a slider. He’s got command of all pitches, and the former two pitches are considered plus pitches. He’s able to effectively change speeds and upset a hitter’s timing, as well as moving their feet by pitching inside. Hultzen is as polished as pitchers come, and while he may not ultimately have the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the 2011 draft, he’ll probably be fast-tracked to the team’s starting rotation, and will likely become a fixture there for quite some time. In order to become a true staff ace, Hultzen will have to have the kind of command, and ultimately develop his pitches in a way that is similar to former Mariner’s pitcher Cliff Lee (a common comparison for Hultzen). However, it is exceedingly rare for young pitchers to have the kind of command that Hultzen has of his three pitches, and ultimately that makes him very special. The front office will be able to justify keeping him in the minors because he didn’t officially play any minor league ball in 2011.
Potential (of 40): 32
Probability of Success (of 30): 30
Positional value (of 20): 20
Character (of 10): 10
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