Bethesda native Danny Hultzen's status was very much up in the air as the 2011 MLB draft signing deadline approached, but in the end, the Virginia pitcher did sign with the Seattle Mariners. The No. 2 pick in the draft received a massive contract that could pay him $10.6 million if he reaches some incentives, according to Baseball America's Jim Callis.
Hultzen will receive a five-year contract with an $8.5 million guarantee, a $6.35 million bonus and a max value of $10.6 million. That is a smaller bonus than No. 1 overall pick Garrett Cole got from the Pirates, but it is still pretty high all things considering.
Hultzen was the leader of a Virginia squad that was number one in the nation for most of the year before coming up short at the College World Series. He is expected to anchor the Mariners staff for years to come. The Bethesda, Md. native hones his craft at St. Albans High School.