June 6, 2011 in Sports

Mariners take lefty with No. 2 pick in MLB draft

Seattle Times
 

The Seattle Mariners confounded most analysts today by bypassing Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon and other top bats and taking Danny Hultzen, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Virginia, with the No. 2 overall pick in the MLB draft.

Hultzen, 21, is 11-3 with a 1.57 earned-run average in 15 starts for Virginia. The 6-foot-3 junior has limited opponents to a .189 average, walking 17 and striking out 148 in 103 1/3 innings.

“Danny is one of the top pitchers in the draft with tremendous athletic ability,” Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara said in a statement. “We look forward to having him in our organization and working his way towards being part of our major league rotation in the near future.”


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