When the Seattle Mariners used the No. 2 pick in Monday’s Major League Baseball draft on Danny Hultzen, shock was the reaction in the Northwest.
While the University of Virginia left-hander from Bethesda was expected to go in the top five — maybe even first overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates — all signs pointed to the Mariners taking a position player. With an offense that rivals the Washington Nationals for ineffectiveness (the Mariners boast baseball’s worst batting average at .230 and the Nationals are a tick behind at .231) Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon was the rumored pick.
Rendon, of course, went to the Nationals at No. 6.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times had a more reasoned response in this column, detailing how the Mariners’ top scout made repeated trips to Charlottesville, Va.
And, if you missed it, here’s my profile of Hultzen that ran in Monday’s Washington Times and delves into what makes him an effective pitcher.