Danny Gil is Poised for a Comeback Year

Danny Gil went through the toughest baseball season of his life last year. A year after bursting onto the scene as a dominate freshman closer, he struggled throughout his sophomore year because of a hernia injury.

2005: 26 appearances, 30.1 innings, 2-3, 3 saves, 5.34 ERA
2004: 27 appearances, 38.2 innings, 8-0, 5 saves, 3.03 ERA

During the summer, Danny Gil had off-season hernia surgery.

"I had a hernia all throughout last year but I am feeling pretty good right now," Gil said.

He worked in the off-season "on getting stronger and healthy" to avoid the injuries that plagued him last year. With the injuries hopefully now behind him Gil should team up with Chris Perez, the Hurricanes closer last year who is fresh off a stint with Team USA, to form a devastating 1-2 punch in the Canes bullpen.

Summer workouts went pretty good for the team according to Gil.

"Everybody was looking sharp and quick and no one got hurt," Gil said. "Everyone is fresh and ready to go for fall ball. I have been working on getting my arm stronger and locating my pitches."

Fall ball is taking place at Mark Light Stadium due to damaged caused to Christopher Columbus High School, Gil's alma mater, during Hurricane Wilma.

Columbus has a team-high four former players on the Miami roster.

"I'm proud," said Gil in reference to having Columbus well-represented. "I am always proud of that. It shows a lot about Coach Weber and the program down there."

Jon Jay, Carlos Gutierrez, Marcelo Albir, and Walter Diaz along with Gil are the current Hurricanes that played for Columbus.

Danny's older brother David Gil was an All-American for the Canes in 1999.

"My brother is doing good," Danny said. "He ended up in Triple-A with the Washington Nationals"

David anchored the Canes staff as the ace and big game pitcher, Danny will hopefully team up with Andrew Lane and Chris Perez to carry the staff from the pen.

The Hurricanes pitching staff went through some rough patches last year. While The Canes return a lot of pitchers it does lose three starters including ACC pitcher of the year Cesar Carrillo.

"I think we're (pitchers) going to have a great year this year," Gil said. "We got a lot of people back. We only have two new guys. We have a lot of experience and very good arms. There is a lot of talent here".

The Hurricanes only brought in two freshman pitchers this year due to the departures of Chris Volstad, Brandon Erbe, and Tommy Mendoza to professional baseball. The two new pitchers are Pace's Anthony Perez and Killian's Teddy Kaufman

"They both look pretty good to me," Gil said. "I think they will both do pretty good this year".

The 'Canes had a collapse at the end of last year that left the Canes short of some of their goals. Despite the collapse it was still a successful first season in the ACC. Besides getting over the mental aspect of last season's breakdown the Canes are faced with the difficult task of replacing players like Ryan Braun, Cesar Carrillo, Brendan Katin, Brandon Camardese, and the Figueroa brothers for this year.

It appears Danny feels they will overcome those tasks and he has high expectations for this group of young hungry talented Hurricanes.

"We're young," Gil said. "I think we are going to surprise a lot of people. I think we have a great shot at winning the national championship."

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