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Birth Date11-28-1989
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age30 years, 0 months, 10 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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2019 CHN MLB 6 0 3.3 0 0 0 4 2 5 0 97 10.8 5.4 0.0 13.5 50% .400 1.80 2.86 0.00 101 4.77 97.8 0.0

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2012 WTN AA SOU 13 13 75.3 8 3 0 38 32 79 2 106 4.5 3.8 0.2 9.4 0% .207 0.93 2.78 1.19 84 2.48 51.6
2012 TAC AAA PCL 12 12 48.7 1 4 0 49 43 57 2 95 9.1 8.0 0.4 10.5 0% .351 1.89 4.75 5.92 103 5.99 124.8
2013 TAC AAA PCL 6 6 30.7 4 1 0 19 7 34 1 87 5.6 2.1 0.3 10.0 0% .225 0.85 2.55 2.05 72 2.23 48.4
2013 MRN Rk AZL 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 3 0 8 0 97 5.4 0.0 0.0 14.4 0% .300 0.60 0.80 1.80 75 1.25 27.1
2015 WTN AA SOU 3 3 8.0 0 1 0 10 5 8 0 100 11.3 5.6 0.0 9.0 0% .385 1.88 3.55 3.38 96 5.20 114.1
2016 MRN Rk AZL 2 2 2.0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 100 13.5 4.5 0.0 0.0 38% .375 2.00 5.61 4.50 118 5.77 127.3
2018 IOW AAA PCL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 13.5 0.0 0.0 4.5 38% .375 1.50 2.74 4.50 100 4.93 104.2
2018 CUB Rk AZL 8 3 6.7 0 0 0 6 2 15 1 91 8.1 2.7 1.4 20.3 27% .500 1.20 2.42 5.40 58 1.30 27.6
2019 CHN MLB NL 6 0 3.3 0 0 0 4 2 5 0 97 10.8 5.4 0.0 13.5 50% .400 1.80 2.86 0.00 101 4.77 97.8
2019 IOW AAA PCL 14 0 14.3 0 1 3 4 9 23 0 2.5 5.7 0.0 14.4 46% .167 0.91 3.09 1.26 69 0.94 19.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2019 73 0.5479 0.4658 0.7059 0.6000 0.3030 0.7500 0.6000 0.2941

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-10-01 2013-10-01 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum & Capsule & Partial Rotator Cuff Tear 2013-10-01 -
2013-06-28 2013-09-01 Minors 65 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-04-20 2013-06-27 Minors 68 0 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff - -
2013-02-28 2013-03-14 Camp 14 0 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor - -


Year Team Salary
2019 CHN $
2015 SEA $
2014 SEA $1,700,000
2013 SEA $1,700,000
2012 SEA $1,700,000
2011 SEA $1,700,000
4 yrPrevious$6,800,000
4 yrTotal$6,800,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 23 dCAA Sports2020

  • 1 year (2019). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 11/9/18 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 9/7/19. Non-tendered by Chicago Cubs 12/2/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 3/1/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 2017. Did not play.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Seattle (minor-league contract).
  • 5 years/$8.5M (2011-15). Signed Major League contract with Seattle 8/16/11. $6.35M signing bonus. Total value of contract could reach $10.6M. DFA by Seattle 11/20/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 11/25/15.
  • Drafted by Seattle 2011 (1-2) (University of Virginia).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 0 0 0 0 0 18.6 13 10 20 2 .246 1.21 3.44 3.55 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 11.9 9 7 13 1 .264 1.34 3.94 4.06 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 7.3 6 4 8 1 .278 1.43 4.31 4.45 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 3.5 3 2 4 0 .290 1.52 4.64 4.79 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 .301 1.60 4.96 5.11 0.0 0.0
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2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any word on Danny Hultzen? Is he worth taking a shot at in a keeper league? What's his potential look like at this point?
(Doctor K from Niagara Falls)
Not a fantasy expect, but I wouldn't pay much attention to him at this point. If he comes back and regains an MLB role, its likely at the back of a rotation with minimal impact. I was never a huge fan before the injuries, so maybe I'm biased. (Mark Anderson)
2015-02-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the 5th spot and the back end of the roration depth this year? I'd like to see Taijuan earn the spot, but what ripple effect will that have on guys like Elias and erasmo who is out of options ? Any dark horse arms ?
(Chief Seattle from Tacompton)
Having Walker/Elias fighting for the five spot is a good problem to have. Injuries happen and they'll both start a bunch of games this season, regardless of who makes the rotation out of the spring.

The dark horse is Danny Hultzen (Brendan Gawlowski)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you heard anything on Danny Hultzen's recovery? Can he come back to be the #3 or higher he was projected to be after rotator cuff surgery?
(Marco from Seattle)
I haven't. Shoulders are always scary, so it's too early to say right now. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Hultzen was considered one of the best LHP prospects in the game. Now, with his rotator cuff, should he even be considered to ever make the majors or to make any impact ever in the majors?
(Frank from Washington)
His abilities haven't changed, so if he returns healthy, there's no reason he can't. His career isn't over. That being said. shoulder injuries are an entirely different beast than elbow injuries. We take Tommy John for granted now, but even that's not guaranteed. Shoulder injuries have a much longer recovery time and tend to have lingering effects. This really isn't good for Hultzen. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a Dynasty League and I have Danny Hultzen, but with his injury, I am afraid to hold on to him. Should I trade him for highest offer, or do you think he can return from the torn rotator cuff? I am afraid of having another Tommy Hanson.
(Justin from Missouri)
I'd ditch him as soon as possible. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why is no one predicting Danny Hultzen to be in the starting rotation at the start of next season? Is it because of the injury?
(Rick from Vermont)
Because he's not going to be pitching next season. Substantial injury; long recovery time. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Danny Hultzen's recent shoulder surgery, should Mariners fans be worried?
(Matt from Seattle)
I have been worried about Hultzen for a couple years now, as his delivery had a tendency to fall completely off track - there were games in 2012 where it looked like he was playing catch with the backstop. A torn rotator cuff can ruin a player's career, and only time will tell whether he can regain velocity - a factor which is especially troubling for a player who lacked top-end velo to begin with.

On the jukebox: Pink Floyd, "On the Turning Away" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)No Danny Hultzen in the Mariners rotation next year?
(Jim from Seattle)
Doubtful out of spring. He threw 33 IP this year. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Haven't heard much about Danny Hultzen lately. Is he getting close to returning to game action, or is his injury more serious than first thought?
(Francis from Utah)
I haven't heard much, either, to be honest. Maybe check one of our prospect guys (Jason Park, Mark Anderson, Zach Mortimer, Jason Cole, etc...) on twitter to see if they've got a beat on that? (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Steve Blass disease was never well understood, but can you say a few words about some guys who have had non-fatal bouts with it and how they managed to recover? Shooter Hunt and Alex Wimmers, both in the MIN org in the recent past, fall into this category.
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
Well, it depends on the conditions surrounding the disease. Danny Hultzen completely lost it last year, throwing as many pitches to the backstop as those that hit leather. As a lefty with an extremely closed stride, there are aspects of his delivery that failed to support his natural signature, so his issues were rooted in mechanics and there was a pretty straightforward fix for his problems. Sometimes the problem is tied to a lack of functional strength or poor balance, and sometimes it's mental. Give me the guys with mechanical issues in order to put them in a physical position to succeed.

On the jukebox: Misfits, "I Wanna Be a NY Ranger" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Two hypotheticals: 1) Danny Hultzen gets the call to replace Maurer in the M's rotation this Sunday vs. Rangers. Is he worth replacing a Nolasco/Miggy Gonzalez/Felix Doubront type? If so who would you move? 2) Liriano apparently looked solid in A debut. Ks are nice, but the velo is what gets me all hot and bothered. Is he worth stashing now? 2b) Have two young 1B who are dragging, Rizzo and Ike Davis, keeper league, both have similar contracts, would you drop either of them for Liriano? Have DH slot but A-Ram and Ortiz will take that slot when they return from DL.
(RangerRenob from Fort Worth)
I would drop Miguel Gonzalez for Hultzen if he got the call. I would stash Liriano if I could, but I'm a complete sucker for him and I can't even try to hide it. Definitely wouldn't drop either Davis or Rizzo for him. No way. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)You hear anything about the rumor of Hultzen getting called up and Maurer sent down?
(DanMizer from Boston, MA)
Hi Dan:

I saw Geoff Baker's article today at his blog at the Seattle Times. It sounds like Baker was just speculating, though I agree with his reasoning that Brandon Maurer is making a pretty big jump and the team might change course quickly if things aren't working out. The article mentioned Jeremy Bonderman as well as Danny Hultzen as a possible replacement. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)You mentioned top minor league arms but didn't talk about Danny Hultzen, who might be the closest to the majors. What's your take on him?
(Jim from Seattle )
Complete wild card. He lost it last year, and his exaggerated closed stride wreaked havoc on his release point. Watching his minor league games from last year, there were deliveries that were aimed behind the LHB batter's box, and the pitches followed that path to the backstop. If that problem re-emerges, then it will be another disaster.

That said, he has the raw components for success, and he could be great if he learns to direct his energy at the target and finds some semblance of consistency.

I wrote about Hultzen here: (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Danny Hultzen's late-season struggles last year? Just tired after a long year, or a bad sign for his future? How good do you think he'll be at his peak?
(Jon from Seattle)
One thing that jumps out at me immediately is a .351 BABIP in 2012. Some of that could be him, some is likely the lively PCL parks, but you have to feel that some is just bad luck. Fatigue could also be a factor. Also have to factor in the age-for-level. He was 22 for the entire '12 season.

Overall, I still believe he can be a legit front-line guy. (Ian Miller)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Hultzen, what the hell happened to his control? And are his mechanics fixable moving forward?
(Paul from DC)
Hultzen has an extremely closed stride, and the more he exaggerates the angle the tougher it is to hit the inside edge against right-hand batters. His timing and positioning went off the reservation in the 2nd half of 2012, and his ability to correct things will depend on his off-season regimen as well as the coaching that he receives this spring. It is certainly fixable, but it will take the right instruction and a buy-in from Hultzen. I will be watching him closely next spring, as I'm as curious as you are which pitcher will show up.

On the jukebox: Cream, "Sunshine of Your Love" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Hultzen. Just what the hell with his second half? Are we looking at a Rick Ankiel or Steve Bass type situation with his loss of control (though the Ks still seemed to be there)?
(Paul from DC)
It's premature to start the Ankiel and Blass comparisons, though the degeneration of Hultzen's command and control is one of the most surprising developments of the year. No one seems to have a good reason for why it happened, but I think it's fair to wait until we see how he looks next year before downgrading him significantly. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Derek- which rookies currently in the minors do you see having the biggest impact this season? Any do you see any of them as upgrades from say Cameron Maybin or Ted Lilly (bottom of my roster)? Thanks
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
At this point, it's pretty much all about opportunity. The Trouts and Harpers of the world are already here, and now it becomes a waiting game for a lot of guys. With Tabata getting demoted, that time could be now for a guy like Starling Marte. Some other names to consider: Wil Myers, Ryan Lavarnway (if traded out of Boston), Danny Hultzen, Jake Odorizzi, Jedd Gyorko, Johnny Giavotella, Mike Olt, Travis Snider. It's a gamble dropping an established big leaguer for one of those guys, but in a shallower league where they're just bench players anyway, gambling on some upside isn't a bad idea. (Derek Carty)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Derek, thanks for the chat. Many people know I am better performer in the second half of season career-wise. Would you mind name more players you consider worth monitoring or even prospects who could have a big showing?
(Adam Laroche from National Capital)
Sorry, Adam, but I don't buy the whole first-half/second-half thing for most players. As far as prospects that could be recalled and make an impact go, there are a lot of guys that could fit the bill. To name a few: Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Trevor Bauer, Joe Benson, Joe Wieland, Robbie Erlin, Leonys Martin, Tyler Skaggs, Jacob Turner, Brad Peacock, Jarrod Parker, Nolan Arenado, Danny Hultzen, and Brett Jackson. (Derek Carty)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I had Leonys Martin penciled in as a keeper for a starting OF spot this year, but Ron Washington now says otherwise. Any thoughts on AL minor leaguers who might be making an impact come June/July?
(ChuckR from Chicago)
Wash said as long as guys stay healthy, which is impossible for Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. Martin is very near the top of such a list. Also, Mike Trout's a possibility given injuries or trades, Joe Benson in Minnesota, Jacob Turner (if he doesn't start the year with the team), the Oakland pitchers (Peacock, Parker, Milone to a lesser extent), and Danny Hultzen for Seattle. (Derek Carty)

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