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2011 MLB Draft – picks 2-5: Mariners take Danny Hultzen second

Jun 6, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

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The Mariners picked Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen with the second choice in the draft.

A surprise already. The Mariners had long been thought to be the destination for the top college hitter, Anthony Rendon. However, concerns about Rendon’s shoulder may have soured the team on him. Hultzen has a low-90s fastball, a plus changeup and a slider. He’s expected to move quickly after going 11-3 with a 1.57 ERA and a 148/17 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings for Virginia this season.

Diamondbacks selected UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer with the third overall pick.

Bauer, who did his best to copy Tim Lincecum‘s delivery and his college results, struck out a whopping 203 batters while going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA for UCLA this season. He doesn;t have Gerrit Cole’s fastball, but he works at 92-95 mph and his curve is an excellent second pitch. He should move quickly and potentially contribute to the Diamondbacks’ cause next year.

The Orioles took high school right-hander Dylan Bundy fourth.

Bundy, whose older brother was an eighth-round pick of the Orioles three years ago, was viewed by most as the top high school pitcher in the draft. He may not have ideal size at 6’1″, but he’s incredibly strong and he throws in the mid-90s consistently. He also has a good curve and slider for a high school product. The Orioles will have to try to sign him away from a University of Texas scholarship.

Royals picked high school outfielder Bubba Starling with the fifth pick.

The Royals were believed to prefer a college pitcher, but with Cole, Bundy and Hultzen all gone, it was tough for them to pass on the local outfielder with the enormous ceiling. Starling figures to be a tough sign; he’s also a highly regarded running quarterback already signed to Nebraska. With tremendous speed and power potential, he could be a superstar if everything clicks.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Royals take Starling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Brian Murphy - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:44 PM

      I just thought it was funny to hear Greg Amsinger scream out, “he’s staying in Kansas!”

      Well, he’s actually going to Missouri, but it’s close enough.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:54 PM

        Haha, thought that was funny myself. At least he knew Gardner was in Kansas!

  2. jwbiii - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    So Bundy has been picked, Speck is inelible, how far does Gacy fall?

  3. yippityskippity69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    With a name like “Bubba” how can you not like the kid. Scouts are saying he has the perfect mix of speed and power! With teams like the Cardinals having great farm systems it’s good to see some young blood getting pumped into the league!

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