Scouting for the Draft: Danny Hultzen

TigsTown's Mark Anderson got the chance to see projected first round pick Danny Hultzen from UVA. Head inside to see the complete scouting report on Hultzen and what he might bring to the table for the team that drafts him.

The Game: University of Virginia at Boston College – April 29, 2011

The Player: Danny Hultzen (LHP, Virginia) – Hultzen is the best player on the best team in the nation. The Cavaliers Friday starter and historically one of their best hitters, Hultzen is a draft prospect on either side of the ball. Heading into this weekend's series with Miami, Hultzen is 9-1 in eleven starts with a 1.19 ERA. He has allowed just 50 hits in 75 2/3 innings, walking 12 and striking out 112.

Scouting Report

Body: Athletic, muscular, strong legs and core, wide shoulders, tapered torso.

Makeup: Extremely poised, never rattled, humble, polite, liked by teammates, overall good makeup.

Delivery/Mechanics: Low-3/4 arm slot, ++ arm speed, slings the ball toward the plate, has natural deception, wide setup and deliberate movements through wind-up, repeats everything well, works down the mound, delivery reminds me a little of Andrew Miller, holds runners well with different looks, 1.29-1.44 to plate from stretch, relies heavily on SL/CH from stretch.

Fastball Velocity (Wind-up): High – 95, Low – 91, Average – 92-93, Grade – 60/60

Fastball Velocity (Stretch): High – 94, Low 92, Average 92-93, Grade – 60/60

Fastball Movement: Has some jump to it, comes out of hand easy and gets on hitters, lots of late swings. Grade – 55/55

Overall Fastball (FB): Grade – 60/60

Slider (SL): High – 83, Low – 80, Average – 81, Arm angle works well for slider, consistent tight spin, can overthrow at times, good two-plan break with more sweep than downward bite, swing-and-miss pitch. Grade – 60/60

Change-up (CH): High – 83, Low – 79, Average – 82, Shows feel and willingness to throw, often too firm with it, has some arm-side fade, will sink occasionally, needs repetition, misses up a lot. Grade – 40/60

Control: Throws strikes consistently, can work outside the zone when he wants to, works ahead both in wind-up and stretch. Grade – 55/60

Command: Locates well with FB at times, shows ability to mix locations with SL, struggles throwing strikes with CH but keeps same arm speed/mechanics so some is just inexperience, repeats mechanics and is highly athletic giving good command projection. Grade – 40/55

Overall Future Potential (OFP): Grade – 59

Summation: +FB, +SL, future +CH, all w/ command projection. Very athletic, repeats delivery well, understands how to pitch, works hitters differently each time, learns/adjusts quickly, needs to be more consistently aggressive, particularly from stretch. #2 ceiling. Early first round pick.

Draft Prognosis: Likely top half of first round coming into 2011 season. Stock has improved dramatically, likely Top 10 and possible Top 5 pick. Pirates (#1) and Mariners (#2) have both increased interest of late.

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