Hultzen Ranked Among Top Prospects Despite Injury

Former Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen is ranked 38th on Baseball America's Midseason Prospect Update, despite the fact that the Tacoma Rainiers' starter missed almost two months of the season with a strained rotator cuff.

The report says that Hultzen's "stint on disabled list with rotator cuff strain has opposing scouts concerned," but notes that he was strong in his first start after returning from injury.

Hultzen pitched six shutout innings and struck out six batters in his return to the Rainiers' lineup on June 27, earning a win over Las Vegas.

After that start, the lefty suffered what the team has called a "minor setback," and he was scratched from a scheduled start last Tuesday. The organization has called the scratch precautionary, saying that Hultzen could not get loose before the game.

Hultzen has started five games for the Rainiers and six games total in 2013, with a 5-1 record and a 2.14 ERA.

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