With the No. 2 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Seattle Mariners has selected Danny Hultzen, the left-handed pitcher from Virginia. Hultzen, of course, is a Bethesda native that played for St. Albans in high school. He becomes one of the highest D.C. prospects to be picked in the MLB Draft.
Hultzen starred for three years at Virginia, going 29-5 in three seasons at Virginia. He was named the 2011 ACC Pitcher of the Year, anchoring a team that is the top-ranked school in the nation. On Monday, he was named one of the finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur baseball player in the nation.
This was a lot higher than most people projected him to go. In fact, when asked to discuss pitching in Seattle, Hultzen said he was "speechless."