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M’s Don’t Want To Rush Hultzen

John Hickey -Premium Content

Danny Hultzen, taken second in the 2011 draft by the Mariners last June, has not pitched in the minor leagues yet. The lefthander's only pro experience came in the Arizona Fall League, where he pitched well enough that he started in the AFL Rising Stars Game. And there is a good chance that Hultzen's time in the minor leagues won't be extensive. He headed to spring training in Peoria, Ariz., as one of several rookies with no big league experience who will get long looks in major league camp, joining lefty James Paxton and righthander Taijuan Walker.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

M’s Go Back To ACC In 2011 Draft

John Hickey -Premium Content

The Mariners have not been reluctant to dip into the pool of talent coming out of the Atlantic Coast Conference in recent years, and Brad Miller says that will only make the organization stronger. Seattle drafted Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager out of North Carolina in 2009 and both are already starting in Safeco Field—Ackley at second base and Seager at third.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

M’s Cortes Slowing Down, Moving Up

John Hickey -Premium Content

Given the velocity on his fastball, it seemed a good bet that righthander Dan Cortes would make the Mariners' roster out of spring training. He reaches 98-99 mph with relative ease, but Cortes is learning that he needs more than just pure heat to get by. Control is essential, and with four walks in four spring innings coupled with 60 walks in 102 innings last year, it was clear that mastery was lacking.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Mariners Finally Sign James Paxton

John Hickey -Premium Content

There seemed to be a time when James Paxton would never sign. The Blue Jays drafted the 6-foot-4, 220-pound lefthander in the first round two years ago, but working with agent Scott Boras meant he couldn't return to Kentucky to play, so he headed off to play with Grand Prairie and play an independent league schedule when he and the Blue Jays couldn't strike a deal.<br/>

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Mariners Give Ackley The Green Light

John Hickey -Premium Content

It's going to be difficult for the Mariners not to give Dustin Ackley a chance to make the 2011 big league roster in spring training. Ackley needed a year to learn a new position, second base, after being the second player taken in the 2009 draft. And it took a bit for him to hit as expected while doing that. But if results from the first 52 Arizona Fall League at-bats are any indication, he's got it down.<br/>

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners