How have the Seattle Mariners Top Prospects Fared this Spring?
#25 – Danny Hultzen – LHP
Danny Hultzen has been one of the most interesting prospects in the Mariners’ organization for years. M’s fans finally got a chance to see the 25-year-old pitch this spring. Hultzen’s performance was encouraging, as he pitched a scoreless frame last week. The Mariners decided to send the young southpaw down to minor league camp on Sunday.
Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Danny Hultzen poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The former no.2 overall pick from the University of Virginia missed the entire 2014 season after having major shoulder surgery on October 1st, 2013. Hultzen was billed as an advanced college southpaw, who should make the Majors quickly when he was drafted back in 2011. Hultzen was on schedule to make his big league debut last season, but his career has been derailed by injuries. Over 32 career minor league starts, Hultzen has gone 14-8 with a 2.82 ERA, but since the beginning of 2013 Danny has made just 7 starts.
This will be an important season for the former top prospect, as his chances may be running out. Danny Hultzen is expected to be on a strict innings limit in 2015 to protect his arm. Whether Hultzen’s destiny is to start games, or come out of the pen in relief is still to be determined. If the 24-year-old lefty can stay healthy this season, it is conceivable that he could make an impact on the Mariners in 2016.
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