Danny Hultzen inks hefty contract with Seattle Mariners

By Ashley Robertson

Cavalier Daily, U. Virginia via UWIRE

Danny Hultzen inks hefty contract with Seattle Mariners

Former Virginia Cavalier ace Danny Hultzen agreed to a five-year, $10.6 million contract with the Seattle Mariners last week. The Seattle ball club had selected Hultzen with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft this past June and has guaranteed the lefty $8.5 million — the fifth-largest total in the draft’s history.

“Danny is a hard-throwing left-hand pitcher with tremendous athletic ability,” Tom McNamara, Seattle director of Amateur Scouting, said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome him to the Mariners organization and watch him work his way towards being part of our major league rotation in the near future.”

Negotiations ran close to the midnight deadline Aug. 14, as the Mariners tried to convince Hultzen to forgo his senior season at Virginia. Both sides ultimately agreed to a figure that includes a $6.35 million signing bonus. Hultzen was also added directly to the Mariner’s 40-man roster, which means that he will attend the team’s spring training next year.

During his tenure with the Cavaliers, Hultzen routinely dominated the opposition and posted a 12-3 record and 1.37 ERA during his junior season. He currently ranks as the winningest pitcher in program history with 32 career victories and also holds the school record for career strikeouts with 395.

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