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Seattle Mariners Sign Danny Hultzen for $8.5M Guaranteed

According to Jim Callis, the Mariners have signed LHP Danny Hultzen. Callis has the details on the contract as 5 years with a $8.5M guarantee, a $6.35M bonus -- so potentially $10.6M max value.

Hultzen, the second overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, is a 21-year-old out of the University of Virginia. Baseball America writes that the southpaw "sits around 93 and touches 96" with his fastball. His "changeup is his best secondary pitch," and his "slider also shows flashes of being an above-average pitch."

In 118 innings at Virginia this season, Hultzen went 12-3 with a 1.37 ERA. He posted a K/9 north of 12, a BB/9 at 1.75, and a WHIP of 0.84. Scouting the Sally has video on Hultzen, and wrote a scouting report back in mid-May, in which he said the following:

After scouting Hultzen, I have little doubt he could get major league hitters out if he threw in a big league game today. Whether at the back of a bullpen, or at the tail end of a rotation, Hultzen is just that good. If somebody were to offer me a wager as to who would be the first player from this draft class to pitch in the major leagues, I’d take Hultzen and comfortably give the field.