|Born: November 28, 1989|
|September 8, 2019, for the Chicago Cubs|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Earned run average||0.00|
Daniel Alexander Hultzen (born November 28, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs. Hultzen attended the University of Virginia, where he starred for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team. He was drafted and selected second overall by the Seattle Mariners in the 2011 MLB draft. Hultzen pitched a scoreless inning for the Cubs in his major league debut against Milwaukee on September 8, 2019.
High school career
Hultzen attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. starting in seventh grade. There he was named First-Team All-American by Baseball America. Hultzen was drafted to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB Draft. However, Hultzen didn't sign, opting to attend college.
Hultzen enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he played college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In 2009, Hultzen won ACC Freshman of the Year for baseball and was named First-Team All-ACC. He was also named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and All-ACC Baseball Team.
In 2010, Hultzen was named ACC Pitcher of the Year. He is the first Virginia Cavalier to win the award. He was also named First-Team All-ACC a second time. Over the 2010 season, Hultzen finished with a 10–3 record and an ERA of 1.59 in 96 1⁄3 innings. In 2011, Hultzen won the John Olerud Award, awarded annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the best two-way player of the season.
On June 6, 2011, Hultzen was the second player selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, taken by the Seattle Mariners. Hultzen signed a contract with Seattle on August 15. The deal was worth a minimum of $8.5 million over five-years, with a $6.35 million signing bonus. He made his professional debut in 2012 with the Jackson Generals and was promoted to the Tacoma Rainers in June. In 25 total starts between the two clubs, he was 9–7 with a 3.05 ERA. He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.
Hultzen missed the majority of the 2013 season due to a shoulder injury. After the 2013 season, he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his shoulder, and missed the entire 2014 season. He played in only three games in 2015 due to injury. In 2016, while rehabbing with the AZL Mariners, he suffered recurring problems and underwent another surgery.
Hultzen sat out the 2017 season while finishing his university degree.
Hultzen allowed zero runs in his major league debut on September 8, 2019. He pitched the seventh inning for the Cubs against the Brewers in Milwaukee. After issuing a hit batsman and a single, he struck out the side. On December 2, 2019, Hultzen was non-tendered by Chicago and became a free agent.
Hultzen was considered one of the most polished prospects in the 2011 draft class due to the excellent command he has over his pitches.
In addition to his pitching, Hultzen is considered an excellent position player, although it's unlikely that he'll ever be developed as a position prospect.
Hultzen struggled with his control in AAA in 2012, walking 43 hitters in 48 2⁄3 innings. Addressing those concerns, Hultzen said, "You need to learn how to fail in this game ... I haven't faced a lot of failure as a pitcher. You need to learn how to cope with it, and I think I have. Hopefully most of it is behind me."
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