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Player Poll: Hultzen the southpaw king
Minor Leaguers call Mariners prospect best left-hander
10/16/2012 11:51 AM ET
Danny Hultzen was the Mariners' first-round pick in the 2011 Draft.
Danny Hultzen was the Mariners' first-round pick in the 2011 Draft. (Paat Kelly)

This season, we surveyed hundreds of Minor Leaguers on a variety of questions, from favorite players and post-game snacks to video games and dream teammates. Check back as we reveal what prospects really think.

We surveyed 382 Minor Leaguers with the question, "Who is the best left-handed pitching prospect right now in the Minors?"

We provided some suggestions entering the 2012 season, including the Yankees' Manny Banuelos, the Mariners' Danny Hultzen, the D-backs' Tyler Skaggs and the Rangers' Martin Perez. Players could also write in their own choice.

The results? Most Minor Leaguers agreed that Hultzen, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, was the best.

And, though Hultzen is a worthy choice -- he went 9-7 with a 3.05 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 25 starts at two levels this season -- the vote goes to show how well-respected the lefty was entering 2012. Hultzen, who debuted professionally in the Arizona Fall League in 2011, never played in the Minors last season. He began this spring with Double-A Jackson and finished the year at Triple-A Tacoma with an eye on making Seattle's rotation next season.

Another well-respected southpaw was Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani's, who's contention also speaks about his talent as a write-in candidate. We generally noticed that players tended to vote for others in their organization, so Cingrani can thank his fellow Reds teammates for the love. He probably had a better year than Hultzen, too, going 10-4 with a 1.73 ERA at two levels before making his Major League debut.

Here's the full voting results:

Best from the left
Who is the best lefty in the Minors?
Player Votes Percentage
Danny Hultzen 74 22%
Tyler Skaggs 54 16%
Martin Perez 42 12%
Manny Banuelos 30 9%
Tony Cingrani 24 7%
Dean Kiekhefer 6 2%
Adam Conley 5 1%
Other Fewer than 5 31%
Others receiving votes: Adam Miller, Adam Conley, Adien Lucas, Andy Oliver, Angel Cuan, Anthony Ferrara, Aroldis Chapman, Blaine Howell, Blair Walters, Buddy Bauman, Carlos Perez, Chad James, Chris Manno, Christian Friedrich, Corey Williams, Dan Meadows, Danny Rosenbaum, Donnie Joseph, Drew Smyly, Elvis Arajo, Evan Crawford, Grant Dayton, Grayson Garvin, Hector Hernandez, Hoby Milner, Iogay Nazario, James Paxton, Jay Johnson, Jean Carlos Gil, Jeff Larick, Jeff Nadeu, Jefferson Olacio, Jordan Conley, Jordan Roberts, Jose Gonzalez, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Kenny Faulk, Kevin Matthews, Kramer Sneed, Kyle Hald, Mark Cohoon, Matt Grace, Matt Moore, Matt Spencer, Matt Wright, Matt Purke, Mike Montgomery, Nelvin Fuentes, Pat Venditte, Paul Applebee, Ray Gus, Rob Carson, Robbie Erlin, Robbie Ross, Rowdy Hardy, Ryan merrit, Ryan O'Rourke, Sam Freeman, Sammy Solis, Scott Snodgress, Sean Gilmartin, TJ Chism, Tommy Hottovy, Tony Davis, Tyler Lyons, Tyrell Jenkins, Will Smith, Zac Rosscup, Zach Good.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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