The Seattle Mainers have come to terms with their first-round draft pick, with reports indicating left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen signed an $8.5 million five-year contract that included a $6.35 million signing bonus.
With Hultzen going on the Mariners 40-man roster, the team released reliever Chris Ray tonight.
Hultzen, the University of Virginia star, was taken with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Negotiations took the talks right up until the 9 p.m. (PDT) deadline tonight. Hultzen, 21, went 12-3 with a 1.37 ERA (18 ER, 118.0 IP) in 18 starts during his junior season for the University of Virginia in 2011.
Overall, the Mariners signed 43 of their 51 draft picks and 10 of their first 11 picks. Among them:
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- Brad Miller, 21, received the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, after hitting .395 with five home runs and 50 RBI in 56 games for Clemson University
- Carson Smith, 21, was 9-3 with a 1.99 ERA and 129 strikeouts in a team-high 113.1 innings during his junior season at Texas State University.
- SS Cavan Cohoes, 18, is a two-time All-European shortstop for Patch High School in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.