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.
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.