Danny Hultzen
Danny Hultzen
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Danny Hultzen in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Joins Cubs on minor-league deal
PChicago Cubs  AAA
March 1, 2018
Hultzen signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Saturday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Hultzen has not pitched since undergoing shoulder surgery in July of 2016 and has logged only 10 professional innings since the 2013 season. The 2011 second-overall pick has a long road ahead if he is going to make his major-league debut in 2018, and his performance in the Cubs' minor-league spring training should provide a decent idea if that debut is a realistic possibility.
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After yet another year ruined by shoulder injuries, Hultzen will transition to a full-time relief role this season. He missed all of 2014 following shoulder surgery and pitched only eight innings last year at Double-A Jackson before persistent shoulder fatigue shut him down yet again. Out of minor-league options, the second overall pick in the 2011 draft was designated for assignment in November and, as expected, went unclaimed on waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A where he hopes to salvage his career. The Mariners have no expectations, but the theory is shorter outings and fewer total frames in relief will help keep his shoulder healthy. A left-hander with a low-90s fastball and a sharp slider could eventually be useful in the Seattle bullpen.
Hultzen missed the 2014 season after undergoing surgery in October 2013 to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder. The closest he came to throwing in a competitive environment last year was three instructional league outings. He wanted to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, but the Mariners held him out. Hultzen likely will need most of 2015 to regain his status as a top pitching prospect in the organization. Monitor his progress, but don't expect anything at the major league level until late in the year, at best, if not 2016.
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-A Tacoma over six starts before getting injured. While he's still a good prospect, Hultzen has lost a bit of his luster in the wake of a serious shoulder injury. At best, he'll show up in Seattle in the summer of 2015 if he proves healthy and effective once more after the procedure.
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.
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PSeattle Mariners  AAA
Shoulder
March 12, 2016
Hultzen (shoulder) was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, MLB.com reports.
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PSeattle Mariners  AAA
Shoulder
March 10, 2016
Hultzen (shoulder) is "going to be down for a while," per manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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PSeattle Mariners  AAA
Shoulder
March 9, 2016
Hultzen is dealing with soreness in his throwing shoulder and will be shut down for a few days, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
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PSeattle Mariners  AAA
March 4, 2016
Hultzen, who is converting to a reliever, is expected to make his spring training debut early next week, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.
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PSeattle Mariners  AAA
Shoulder
December 8, 2015
Hultzen (shoulder) will report to spring training as a reliever, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
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