Danny Hultzen
Danny Hultzen
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Danny Hultzen in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Set for first career callup
PChicago Cubs
September 6, 2019
Hultzen will be called up by the Cubs on Saturday, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
ANALYSIS
Hultzen's journey to the big leagues was a lengthy one, as a string of shoulder issues derailed his career for several seasons after he was drafted second overall back in 2011, sandwiched between Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. Now 29 years old, the lefty is finally ready for his first major-league opportunity after posting a 1.26 ERA and a 39 percent strikeout rate in 14.1 innings for Triple-A Iowa. He'll be a bullpen option down the stretch.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
12
Last 10 Games
12
Last 5 Games
10
How many pitches does Danny Hultzen generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .286 9 4 1 2 0 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .250 9 1 1 2 0 0 0
2019vs Left .286 9 4 1 2 0 0 0
2019vs Right .250 9 1 1 2 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 0.00 1.50 2.0 0 0 0 4.5 4.5 0.0
Since 2017Away 0.00 2.25 1.1 0 0 0 27.0 6.8 0.0
2019Home 0.00 1.50 2.0 0 0 0 4.5 4.5 0.0
2019Away 0.00 2.25 1.1 0 0 0 27.0 6.8 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Danny Hultzen compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.50
 
K/9
13.5
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
1.80
 
BABIP
.476
 
GB/FB
2.50
 
Left On Base
100.0%
 
Exit Velocity
85.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2228 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.0%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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After yet another year ruined by shoulder injuries, Hultzen will transition to a full-time relief role this season. He missed all of 2014 following shoulder surgery and pitched only eight innings last year at Double-A Jackson before persistent shoulder fatigue shut him down yet again. Out of minor-league options, the second overall pick in the 2011 draft was designated for assignment in November and, as expected, went unclaimed on waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A where he hopes to salvage his career. The Mariners have no expectations, but the theory is shorter outings and fewer total frames in relief will help keep his shoulder healthy. A left-hander with a low-90s fastball and a sharp slider could eventually be useful in the Seattle bullpen.
Hultzen missed the 2014 season after undergoing surgery in October 2013 to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder. The closest he came to throwing in a competitive environment last year was three instructional league outings. He wanted to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, but the Mariners held him out. Hultzen likely will need most of 2015 to regain his status as a top pitching prospect in the organization. Monitor his progress, but don't expect anything at the major league level until late in the year, at best, if not 2016.
Hultzen will miss the 2014 season after undergoing surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder. He was limited to 35.2 innings in 2013, but impressed at Triple-A Tacoma over six starts before getting injured. While he's still a good prospect, Hultzen has lost a bit of his luster in the wake of a serious shoulder injury. At best, he'll show up in Seattle in the summer of 2015 if he proves healthy and effective once more after the procedure.
Hultzen's ascent to the majors did not go as quickly as most probably expected. The Mariners had no reason to push the 2012 second overall draft pick, though, and it turned out he needed a bit more seasoning than the conventional wisdom predicted. He mowed through Double-A Jackson with a 1.19 ERA and a 2.5 K/BB, but control issues cropped up when he arrived at Triple-A Tacoma after a midseason promotion - 43 walks in 48.2 innings. If he proves those walks were a fluke, he could land a rotation spot this spring as his mid-90s fastball allowed him to post a strong strikeout rate last season. Watch the situation closely in spring, and be ready to move if he lands a job because despite the Triple-A walks, his upside is still quite high.
The second-overall pick in the 2011 draft, Hultzen was one of the top college pitchers in nation last year at Virginia. The 6-foot-2 left-hander has excellent command and features two plus pitches with his changeup and fastball, which sits in the 93-95 mph range, and also throws a slider. Hultzen signed late, so his only professional experience came in the Arizona Fall League where he posted a 1.40 ERA in six starts with an 18:5 K:BB in 19.1 innings. Nevertheless, Hultzen goes to spring training with a shot at making the big-league club. It would surprise if he earned a rotation spot this early, though scouts say he's already major-league ready. He'll likely get some minor league seasoning before getting the call this summer. Keep an eye on his progress as he makes for a nice sleeper.
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Back in action at Triple-A
PChicago Cubs
June 25, 2019
Hultzen debuted with Triple-A Iowa on June 16 and has struck out three over 1.2 scoreless innings through his first two relief appearances with the affiliate.
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Joins Cubs on minor-league deal
PChicago Cubs
March 1, 2018
Hultzen signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Saturday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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PSeattle Mariners
Shoulder
March 12, 2016
Hultzen (shoulder) was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, MLB.com reports.
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PSeattle Mariners
Shoulder
March 10, 2016
Hultzen (shoulder) is "going to be down for a while," per manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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PSeattle Mariners
Shoulder
March 9, 2016
Hultzen is dealing with soreness in his throwing shoulder and will be shut down for a few days, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
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