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June 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Scouting director Tom McNamara on Danny Hultzen

Here are some quotes from Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara on their pick of Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen:

“We’re excited to have Dan as a Seattle Mariner with the second pick in the draft. He’s a good athlete, has three above-average major league pitches, and a track record of success. We’re ecstatic to have him. It’s a great day for the franchise”

(The three pitches are fastball, slider and changeup).

“We thought he was the best guy when we were selecting at two. Our scouting staff spent a lot of time watching him pitch, got to know him. Jack and I saw him together (at Boston College). I had my fingers crossed.

“What he’s done at the University of Virginia, the last three years, it’s tough to keep that under the radar.

Was the fact he’s rated as closest to majors a factor: “To me, no. He’s going to pitch next Friday against Cal Irvine. I’m sure he wants to bring his team to the College World Series. Every player has his own path to big leagues. Whether his is real quick or takes a little while, he’s a very talented left-handed pitcher.

“He’s a good athlete, great command, good aptitude, a winning pedigree. We scouted him in high school, and kept tabs on him for three years at Virginia.

“He’s an intense competitor on the field. He’s a great kid.

On not taking a hitter: “Jack and I have answered this a lot over the last few years. We believe in taking the best player. Dan was the best guy at the No. 2 pick, no doubt about it.”

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