We continue the list today with number 56 in our countdown with Virginia LHP/First Baseman Danny Hultzen. He is from Bethesda, Md.and attended St. Albans where he played baseball all four seasons. He had a great senior season as he went going 13-0 with a 0.74 ERA with 140 strikeouts in 73 innings while hitting six homers and driving in 37 runs. He picked up several awards as he was named a high school First-Team All-American by Baseball America and Louisville Slugger in 2008. He also the All-Met Player of the Year as senior and First-Team All-Met as junior. His junior season saw him have a record of 7-1 with 0.35 ERA (52 IP, 105 K, 12 BB). He was selected in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks but decided to head to Charlottesville to play for Coach O’Connor and the Virginia Baseball Program.
He came right into the Virginia program where he was the number 1 starter through most of the 2009 season. He had a 9-1 record with an ERA of 2.17 in 17 appearances (16 starts) as he pitched in a team high 95.1 innings. He finished the season with 107 strikeouts while only giving up 28 walks. He also appeared in 56 games (54 starts) as a hitter where he finished with a .327 average with three homers and 37 RBI. He was also perfect on the basepaths as he had nine stolen bases in nine attempts. He was named a Freshman All-American by the NCBWA which also named him a Second Team All-American. Hultzen was also honored by the ABCA where he was named an All-American and All-Region.
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