Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker will represent the Seattle Mariners at the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. The two starting pitchers have found a lot of success at Double-A Jackson this season, netting themselves invites to play on the U.S. team. I think it is well deserved and that Mariners fans should definitely tune in on July 8 when the game takes place.
Hultzen just got a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma after going 8-3 with a 1.19 ERA for the Jackson Generals. It has been an impressive first season for Hultzen in the minor leagues, with opponents hitting just .151 against him. It seemed like the team almost kept him in Double-A for too long, but now the fans in Tacoma are going to get a great look at Hultzen in the coming weeks.
Walker became a Southern League All-Star with a 4-3 record and 3.79 ERA. Walker has had some tough starts in June though, giving up at least 4 runs in each of his 3 games. It hurt his ERA for the season quite a bit and could show that he is further out from playing for the Mariners than the other pitching prospects. In his last 46 innings, Walker also has 21 walks to go with the 47 hits that he has allowed.
There is a reason that Hultzen and Walker are two of the top 20 prospects in all of Major League Baseball and now baseball fans around the country will get a shot to see them play. I will definitely be tuning in to the 2012 Futures Game on July 8 (2 p.m. PT on ESPN2) to see how Walker and Hultzen can do against other elite talents out there.
It will help Hultzen and Walker get into the game when the coach is the same one that they shared in Jackson (Jim Pankovits). He got placed in charge of the U.S. team, meaning he can likely use his two aces in the situations that will fit them best. The starting pitchers for the two sides have not yet been announced, but I would not be surprised at all if Pankovits ended up going with Hultzen when the time comes.
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*Ryan is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan who never misses an opportunity to attend a game at Safeco Field. He has been attending games since 1985, and has fond memories of The Kingdome, Edgar Martinez, and the historic 1995 team. Sodo Mojo!
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