Anth..errr I mean Danny Hultzen, Welcome To Seattle


No one saw this coming. You crafty bunch of front office tycoons. I love our front office. We never know whats going to happen. It was fun and pretty crazy at the same time. There are going to be some fans that are disappointed with this pick but let me reassure you this isn’t a bad pick. In reality it was going to be hard for this to be a “bad” pick.

This isn’t a “sexy” “flashy” pick. Starling could have been that “salivating” pick where you dream about him for 2 or 3 years. But his bust rate is extremely high. Hultzen is the opposite of this. Where Hultzen could easily be in the minor leagues all of a year prior to being ready for this organization in the big leagues.

He has a different delivery at 3/4 arm slot. But, he’s no soft tosser. Sitting somewhere between 93-96 mph with his four seamer. He has two plus pitches in his fastball AND his change-up. His change-up at times can  be a few steps above wicked. I watched him pitch a week ago and very much enjoyed it. Though I didn’t realize what I was watching at that point.

His only pitch that isn’t a “plus” is his slider but it does have the potential. He also has a curve that comes and goes. Though he doesn’t throw it much.

He doesn’t have a giant high ceiling, maybe a #2 most likely a #3, but his floor is so very high. It’s a near certainty that he gets to the major leagues. I think it’s even a possibility he’s in the major leagues by end of year next year. Though 2013 is more likely. Which again is the real start of the playoff window for this organization.

Tools:

Now (Future)

Fastball: 50 (55)

Slider 40 (50)

Change-up: 55 (60)

Mechanics: 45 (55)

Command: 50 (60)

Control: 55 (60)

ETA: End of 2012

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  • 200tang

    While I’m disappointed the guys I was hoping for weren’t picked it’s funny to watch people get super depressed about a guy who was pretty much universally mocked in the top 8. Will be fun to watch him develop.

    • Harrison Crow

      Agreed.

  • http://www.sodojoe.blogspot.com SodoJoe

    Not only was I shocked to see this pick, I was irritated. It seems as though the M’s always run away from what everybody says we should do and take another road. That’s fine if it works, but so far we got Morrow rather than Lincicum and Clement rather than Tulowitski! I hope this doesn’t end up the same.

    • Harrison Crow

      Not even in the same category as either of those names. Just because we hear one name and it turns out to be another doesn’t mean that they ran away from anyone.

      Talking with a few sources the Mariners were scared of Rendon’s shoulder and not just the shoulder but also the ankle. Enough to where they didn’t feel comfortable investing in it. Good for them is what I say.

  • mario

    I am happy with this pick. It it has to find a talented lefty. You can always find a third baseman. I hate how mariners fans always refer to the past if people ever understand baseball we have a new GM. Since he has been in i have been happy with his trades and drafts. Baseball is all about development now because the steroid area is gone. I think Jack is doing a fine job.