|Mariners Prospect to Play in 2012 Futures Game|
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, June 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm ET
Danny Hultzen Profile
Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker today became the latest in a long line of Seattle Mariners prospects to be honored with a spot on the Futures Game roster. The two pitchers, who both opened the year in Double-A Jackson after opening eyes in Spring Training, are ranked 1 and 2 in SeattleClubhouse's list of midseason Top-10 prospects.
Hultzen was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma this week following a dominating performance in the first half during which he held opposing hitters to the lowest batting average of all minor league starters at just .151 (38 for 252). Hultzen capped off the initial assignment in his regular season professional career by starting and pitching a scoreless first inning in the Southern League All-Star game. In his 13 Double-A starts, the left-hander out of the University of Virginia went 8-3 with a 1.19 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and more than twice as many strikeouts (79) as hits allowed (38) in 75 1/3 innings of work for the Generals.
Walker started out as the hottest of the "Big Three" (with Hultzen and 2011 Futures Game World Team representative James Paxton) in Jackson but has struggled a bit of late with his fastball command, resulting in him getting hit a bit harder than you'd like to see. Still, the 19-year-old has a 3.79 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 57 innings in a league where the average age is over 24.
The Futures Game has been a big draw for fans and scouts looking to get a glimpse of many of the game's top prospects in one place over the Major League All-Star Weekend each year since its inception in 1999. The Mariners have been well represented in the game in that time, sending two or more players in every season except for 2008 (Philippe Aumont). With both Hultzen and Walker set to represent the U.S. team, the M's will be without a representative on the World roster for the first time. The complete list of Mariners prospects that have played in the game can be found on the Mariners team blog, From the Corner of Edgar & Dave.
Mariners Prospects in the Futures Game