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Danny Hultzen retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced today in Arizona Fall League action, issuing only a two-out walk in his fourth and final inning of work.
Hultzen worked his slider in more than in prior games. He hit 92-93 mph consistently with his fastball — getting one up to 95 mph — then went 79-82 on the changeup and 79-81 on the slider.
He threw 52 pitches, 32 for strikes. Didn’t strike anybody out. Got 10 flyball outs and two groundouts. Not quite the ratio you want. There was some solid contact, including a flyball that looked about to leave the yard before the center fielder made a leaping catch at the wall.
But overall, he got outs. Hey, he’s just starting off as a professional. Can’t judge much down here, especially when balls tend to get rocked in the desert heat.
12:17 p.m.: Greetings from Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Arizona, where Mariners first-round pick Danny Hultzen takes the mound today for the Peoria Javelinas.
Looking forward to seeing Hultzen pitch. Had a good conversation with him yesterday in Peoria and will be doing a story on him for tomorrow’s paper.
The weather is gorgeous down here, as usual. Bright and sunny. A little cooler today than the 100-degree temps yesterday. Hearing lots of good stuff from scouts about Taijuan Walker, another M’s pitching prospect who played Instructional League ball here earlier this month.