The 2011 MLB Draft continued with the Seattle Mariners selecting Danny Hultzen with the second pick. Hultzen is an intriguing left-handed pitching prospect out of Virginia.
Hultzen is a junior at UVA, leading the Cavaliers to the Super Regional against the winner of the Los Angeles regional. Hultzen pitched on Saturday against St. John's, going seven strong innings, giving up only one run while striking out 12.
Talent wise, he's certainly worthy of being the top selection in the draft. Scouts and teams are concerned about his signability - even if offered millions, Hultzen and his family have always made it known that education is his top priority.
Some could argue that that is a negotiation tactic on Hultzen's part to ensure his offer is impressive, but that's beside the point. His head is in the right place, even as a young man.
Hultzen has two plus pitches (fastball, changeup) and his curveball is a work in progress. Scouts are impressed with his composure and control on the mound - two things that are absolutely necessary for survival in professional baseball.
Currently, he's projected as a front-line starter. Worst case scenario, he's at the back of the rotation.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are up next with the third pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.