Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen (Photo:VirginiaSports.com)

Top 100 Countdown: 14. Danny Hultzen (Virginia)

College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.

We continue the list today with number 14 in our countdown with Virginia junior 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 107strikeouts 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.

Hultzen continued his strong freshman year as a sophomore as he served as the Cavaliers number 1 starter. He ended up going 11-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 106.2 innings. He showed excellent control as he walked 24 batters while striking out 123. He was also able to hold opponents to a .193 batting average. He appeared in 25 games (15 starts) as a position player hitting .281 while driving in 10 runs.

2011 Top 100 College Baseball Players