Left-hander Danny Hultzen was selected by the Chicago Cubs, the organization announced today. To make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Taylor Davis was designated for assignment.
Hultzen has posted a 1.26 ERA (2ER/14.1IP) in 14 games with Iowa this season and has allowed just four hits with nine walks and 23 strikeouts. This marks his first time on a major league roster.
The southpaw was selected by Seattle second overall in the 2011 draft. He rocketed to Triple-A with Tacoma in just his second professional season before injuries derailed his ascent. Since 2013, Hultzen has appeared in just 29 games (8GS) and missed the entirety of 2014 and 2017. The 29-year-old was signed by the Cubs prior to the 2018 season.
The lefty began his comeback at the end of 2018, appearing in eight games for the AZL Cubs in August, before he was assigned to Iowa for the last weekend of the campaign. Hultzen suffered another setback in the offseason, but eventually returned to Iowa's roster on June 15.
Hulzen has battled another two stint on the Injured List this season, but has been dominant when active. The left-hander joins Chicago with a 6.1 scoreless inning streak through six games with Iowa and has 11 strikeouts through this span.
Hultzen will become the third Iowa Cub to make his debut for Chicago this season, joining righty Adbert Alzolay and infielder Robel Garcia.
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