24-Year-Old Pitcher – Seattle Mariners
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Hultzen will miss the 2014 season after undergoing surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder. He was limited to 35.2 innings in 2013, but impressed at Triple...
Danny Hultzen Contract Information:
Agreed to a five-year, $10.6 million major-league contract with the Mariners in August 2011. He receives a $6.35 million signing bonus and is guaranteed $8.5 million.
Hultzen hopes to be sufficiently recovered from shoulder surgery to pitch in the Arizona Fall League later this year, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Seattle Mariners Roster
MajorsAckley, Dustin (2B)
AAAArias, Jonathan (P)
AABantz, Brandon (C)
A+Blash, Jabari (OF)
AAustin, Jamal (OF)
RookieBurgess, Jarrett (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hultzen's ascent to the majors did not go as quickly as most probably expected. The Mariners had no reason to push the 2012 second overall draft pick, though, and it turned out he needed a bit more seasoning than the conventional wisdom predicted. He mowed through Double-A Jackson with a 1.19 ERA and a 2.5 K/BB, but control issues cropped up when he arrived at Triple-A Tacoma after a midseason promotion - 43 walks in 48.2 innings. If he proves those walks were a fluke, he could land a rotation spot this spring as his mid-90s fastball allowed him to post a strong strikeout rate last season. Watch the situation closely in spring, and be ready to move if he lands a job because despite the Triple-A walks, his upside is still quite high.
The second-overall pick in the 2011 draft, Hultzen was one of the top college pitchers in nation last year at Virginia. The 6-foot-2 left-hander has excellent command and features two plus pitches with his changeup and fastball, which sits in the 93-95 mph range, and also throws a slider. Hultzen signed late, so his only professional experience came in the Arizona Fall League where he posted a 1.40 ERA in six starts with an 18:5 K:BB in 19.1 innings. Nevertheless, Hultzen goes to spring training with a shot at making the big-league club. It would surprise if he earned a rotation spot this early, though scouts say he's already major-league ready. He'll likely get some minor league seasoning before getting the call this summer. Keep an eye on his progress as he makes for a nice sleeper.