AFL update: M's Hultzen makes pro debut 

October, 10, 2011
More and more, the Arizona Fall League in turning into a place where top picks from the most recent draft make their pro debuts. These players didn't get into any games after signing in August, so they go get their feet wet in Arizona. While it's not their "official" debut, as the AFL is considered an offseason league, most major league teams have had no issue in recent years with taking some of the more advanced and polished draft picks and thrusting them into games against the advanced competition the AFL offers.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Seattle Mariners southpaw Danny Hultzen, is the most recent example. Hultzen had thrown some innings in instructional league play, but he started and threw two innings last Friday in Arizona to stretch him out. I saw one of his instructional league outings, and that, combined with Friday's performance, was enough of a look to confirm that he's a relatively polished prospect with a chance to move up the ladder quickly.