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Insider Only Some executives think Pirates will draft Danny Hultzen with No. 1 pick

Last Monday (5/2/11), John Perrotto reported on here that Virginia’s Danny Hultzen has emerged as the third collegian under consideration from the Pirates brass for the No. 1 overall pick in next months draft.
In fact, some momentum is moving in Hultzen’s direction, according to Peter Gammons who says…

some executives think the Pirates will take Hultzen.
Hultzen is 9-1 with a 1.19 ERA this spring at Virginia. In 75.2 innings pitched, he has 112 strikeouts and just 12 walks.

“The need for top starters is why there is so much consternation at the top of this [year’s] Draft,” one general manager. There is no consensus on the best college starter, as there was with Stephen Strasburg in 2009. UCLA’s Gerrit Cole was the preseason poster boy, but he has been outperformed by teammate Trevor Bauer. Some think the Pirates will take Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen. Georgia Tech’s Jed Bradley is a sure top-10 selection. Connecticut’s Matt Barnes will be in the top half of the first round. And all of a sudden Kentucky’s mammoth Alex Meyer has come fast, out-pitching Vanderbilt’s Sonny Gray last weekend with the stands packed with scouts. “

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