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The Seattle Mariners thought so highly of Dan Altavilla that they jumped the right-handed pitcher from Elizabeth Forward a level higher than normal in their farm system at the beginning of the season.
Altavilla was assigned to high Class A Bakersfield in the California League out of spring training. He was selected in the fifth round of last year's amateur draft from Mercyhurst and began his career at short season Class A Everett.
The 22-year-old has pitched better for Bakersfield than his 3-7 record in 17 starts indicates. He has a solid 3.69 ERA while allowing 78 hits in 90 1/3 innings with 79 strikeouts and 35 walks.
Through 31 career minor league starts, Altavilla is 8-10 with a 3.97 ERA.