A number of pitching prospects are doing impressive things in the Minors of late, but it's hard to find anyone who was more impressive in the past week than the Mariners' Danny Hultzen
Seattle's first-round pick (No. 2 overall) last June is No. 2 on the Mariners' Top 20 list and No. 16 on the overall Top 100. Making his pro debut in the Double-A Southern League, Hultzen won both of his starts this week (Thursday, April 19 through Wednesday, April 2).
The University of Virginia product didn't allow a run in 12 total innings of work. He yielded only four hits for a .103 batting average against while allowing five walks and striking out 10. For the year, spanning four starts, the southpaw has a 2.08 ERA (fifth in the Southern League) and a .122 BAA while compiling 26 strikeouts (fifth in the SL) in 21 2/3 innings.
The Marlins' Jose Fernandez gets an honorable mention. No. 3 on the team's Top 20, the 2011 first-rounder contributed to a no-no in the South Atlantic League with six no-hit innings. He struck out eight and is now second in the SAL with 33 K's and 10th with his 1.57 ERA.