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June 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM

MLB draft live blog: Mariners take Danny Hultzen, LHP pitcher from Virginia

(I’ve started a new post to focus on the Mariners’ pick, Danny Hultzen.

4:13 p.m.: The Mariners pulled a fast one and picked University of Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen. So much for all that Anthony Rendon talk.

4:08 p.m.: The Pirates have indeed selected UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 overall pick. The Mariners are on the clock.

Cole emerged as the No. 1 pick by blowing away scouts (and hitters) early in the season with a fastball that touched 102, eliciting favorable comparisons to Stephen Strasburg. He didn’t have a great season, as it turned out, but the Pirates couldn’t resist his upside potential.

Bud Selig has just put the Pirates on the clock with the No. 1 pick.

The Pirates, a team all too familiar with high draft picks, will make the first selection of the draft. The last time they went 1-1, the Pirates selected Ball State right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington in 2002. Oops. They did a little better with Kris Benson in 1996, and so-so with Jeff King in 1986.

Virtually everyone expects the Pirates to take UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 pick. This pick is all about stuff and potential, because if you go by performance,the UCLA pitcher going the highest would be Trevor Bauer.

Cole went 6-8 with a 3.33 ERA in 16 starts this year. He pitched 114 1/3 innings, allowed 103 hits, walked 24 and struck out 119.

Bauer went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA. He pitched 136 2/3 innings, allowed 73 hits, walked 36 and struck out 203.

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