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Mariners promoting top prospects Danny Hultzen and Nick Franklin to Triple-A

Jun 20, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

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Danny Hultzen jumped directly to Double-A after the Mariners took him with the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft and now Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the left-hander from the University of Virginia is headed to Triple-A after just 13 pro starts.

Hultzen was ridiculously good at Double-A, throwing 75 innings with a 1.19 ERA and 79/32 K/BB ratio while allowing just two homers and a .151 opponents’ batting average. The promotion puts him one step from the majors at age 22.

Along with Hultzen the Mariners are also promoting their top position player prospect, shortstop Nick Franklin, to Triple-A after the 2009 first-round pick hit .322 with four homers and an .822 OPS in 57 games at Double-A.

Both were selected for the Double-A All-Star game, which was played last night, and clearly the Mariners wanted them to participate before moving up to Triple-A.

  1. whitdog23 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Franklin is being promoted to AAA after hitting .322 in AAA?? Editor needs better eyes

    • CJ - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      who said this site had an editor?

    • ajcardsfan - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      That line is accurate, they just wanted to give Franklin the idea he was be promoted so he could feel better.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM


  2. redguy12588 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    That’s a lot of walks for hultzen. A bit scary.

    • asox - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      He struggled a bit with control eary on, but his K/BB ratio in six starts since May 11th is 43/9.

      • asox - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM


      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        Careful with those typos … whitdog23 will be on you like stink on shit.

  3. mariner425 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    So glad the Pirates selected Cole and left the M’s Hultzen. Don’t the Pirates have Cole in A ball? They aren’t gonna rush him, but A ball.

  4. denny65 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I think Nick Franklin will be the sleeper in this promotion, potentially offering more (or at least as much) to the Mariners as Hultzen. The Ms are fat for pitching, but shortstop?

    Despite Brendan Ryan’s homer last night in the win over the D’Backs, he’s a lightweight at the plate with only a .179 avg., and his backup Kawasaki is not much better, hitting .189. If Franklin continues swinging the bat well, he’ll fit in nicely at Safeco.

  5. jwbiii - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Last night was the Southern League All-Star Game, so promoting top prospects immediately afterwards is kind of expected.

  6. whitdog23 - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    if the typos weren’t important…why did Gleeman or the editors fix them?

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