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Here's No. 4 – in alphabetical order – in our draft spotlight series: Danny Hultzen.
Connolly's take: The Orioles love this guy. He is left-handed and polished and smart and hard-working and did I mention left-handed? As a Bethesda native, he also has local ties.
I think if he falls to fourth, the Orioles take him. And from what I am hearing, he could fall to fourth, assuming the Arizona Diamondbacks are as in love with Trevor Bauer as we are hearing they may be.
The only way the Orioles don't take him if he is there is if Dylan Bundy is also on the board at No. 4. Then, the Orioles' brass will have an interesting discussion in that war room in Sarasota: The polished college lefty versus the top-ceiling high-school righty.
Will they both be there at 4? Probably not. But one should be.
Name: Danny Hultzen
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 200
School/Class: University of Virginia/junior
Hometown: Bethesda, Md.
Position: Left-handed pitcher
2011 regular season stats: 10-3, 1.59 ERA in 14 games. 96 1/3 IP, 66 H, 17 ER, 16 BBs, 136 Ks
Skinny: ACC Pitcher of the Year in 2010 as a sophomore. First Cavalier to garner that honor. … Has held opponents to a .193 average in 2011. … Is 30-5 in career at Virginia. … Throws a low-to-mid 90s fastball, a quality sinker and effective changeup. …. Has expert command, walking 68 while striking out 366 in 298 1/3 career collegiate innings. … Allowed two runs or fewer in 13 of 14 starts this season. … As a 1B/DH, he has hit .305 with one homer and 29 RBIs in 105 at-bats. … Had a .405 on-base percentage. … Was a 10th round selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008. The Diamondbacks pick third and seventh overall this year. … Is a graduate of St. Albans High School in Washington D.C., which produced football great Jonathan Ogden, who was the fourth overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. … As a high school senior, was 13-0 and struck out 140 batters in 73 innings.
The quote: "The fact that he is going to be a high draft pick on Monday hasn't changed Danny and hasn't changed the way he looks at this season or this team. And that's what separates him from a lot of people. There is no selfishness in Danny Hultzen and so he is being rewarded with the results that he is getting because of the way he has handled it."
Brian O'Connor, University of Virginia head baseball coach