Mariners' Hultzen getting locked in on mound

Mariners' Hultzen getting locked in on mound

Mariners' Hultzen getting locked in on mound
Danny Hultzen had been putting up pretty good numbers in his first pro season. But in his past two Double-A Southern League starts, he may have taken things to another level.

In his two outings this past week, the Mariners' No. 1 prospect (No. 13 overall) went 13 innings, allowing two earned runs (1.38 ERA), eight hits (.182 batting average against) and striking out 20.

As a starter who has averaged better than a strikeout per inning, that uptick in isn't what's most impressive. That he only walked two in those two outings could be the sign of improvement and making adjustments. The one small knock against last year's No. 2 overall pick had been about his command. He's walked 4.4 per nine innings to date, so the drastic drop in walks last week could be a harbinger of good things on the horizon.