Andrew Daniel, Second Baseman
HT : 6'1
WT : 190 lb.
DOB : January 27, 1993, San Diego, CA
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Acquired : Drafted in 11th round (329th overall) of 2014 June Draft
Stock : Rising Drastically
Cool Notes : He's from San Diego, enough said
Andrew Daniel grew up in Southern California, went to college in Southern California, got drafted by a Southern California team, should see time with an affiliate in Southern California, and should play Major League baseball in Southern California. Yes, we like Andrew Daniel, and somewhat because most of our staff is from Southern California. That's not the only reason, as Daniel was maybe the hottest bat in the lower levels, and we don't see this slowing down in the future. Oh, the other cool part? Andrew Daniel is a winner, and has been at all levels, winning or being a part of championship teams from high school, to college, and now, pro ball.
Daniel has a nice swing, keeping the barrel of the bat through the strike zone throughout the majority of it. He's swing friendly, and with his quick hands and level swing should be able to keep his line drive swing throughout each minor league level and the Majors. Daniel had gap-to-gap power, and with his quick bat speed, could manage to put up some decent power numbers as well.
Daniel is a contact hitter, and makes consistently good contact. With his hand-eye swing, and good knowledge of the strike zone, he should manage both a good batting average and on-base percentage, drawing enough walks and keeping his strikeout rate minimal.
Daniel is a good athlete, and this has transitioned into the field and on the bases. He has quick feet, and an above average glove, which means he could transition to third base with time. He has a good arm and a quick release, but not necessarily enough to make tough throws at shortstop.
Daniel has good baseball IQ, which allows him to be a smart base runner, and it also goes towards all aspects of the game. He's not the fastest guy, but he's nowhere near slow. His base running skills may mean he nabs a base or two on occasions, but he won't be a scary guy at first, making pitchers sweat. Instead, his wit should allow him to make the right decisions and become both quick in the field and base paths.
Competition at the higher levels will give everyone a better idea of Daniel, and how well he can adapt and how his tools will come into play in the long run. That should be the ultimate test to see where his future lies.
At Rancho Bernardo High School, Daniel was a stud two-star athlete. In his junior year, when Rancho Bernardo won CIF, Daniel hit .488 with 13 home runs, 38 RBI and stole 14 bases, helping he be named the Palomar Player of the Year, and earned First-Team All-League, All-State and All-CIF honors. Daniel and coach, Sam Black, weren't done in one of the toughest places to play high school ball, as in his senior year, Daniel hit .368 with 10 home runs, 39 RBI and 15 stolen bases to once again win CIF, and be named to First-Team All-League and All-CIF honors.
In his freshman year as USD, Daniel put up a .339/.394/.487 slash with four home runs, 18 doubles, 45 RBI and 37 runs scored. His season highlights included a game against Columbia, where he went 5-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, as well as a game against Lipscomb where he went 4-for-6 with a home run, and had 5 RBI. Daniel was named a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger, NCBWA and Baseball America, and earned WCC All-Freshman and All-Conference honors.
Daniel hit a small sophomore slump, posting a .265/.352/.360 slash with four home runs, eight doubles, 24 RBI, and 37 runs scored. Daniel had 14 multi-hit games, helping lead USD to a WCC Tournament Championship, and trip to the NCAA Regionals. Daniel was also named a Cape Cod All-Star, while with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
In his senior year with the Tereros, Daniel posted a booming .369/.421/.554 slash, helped by his 20 doubles, five home runs, and three triples. Daniel also brought home 43 runs with his bat, while scoring 51, and stealing 13 bases on 19 attempts. Over his time in San Diego, Daniel only struck out in 16.89% of his at bats, striking out just 10.81% in his senior season.
Daniel jumped into Rookie Ball, and took massive strides, posting a .340/.408/.510 slash with six home runs, 20 doubles, three triples, 39 RBI, 49 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts over his 63 games. Daniel reached in 55 of his 63 games, and picked up a hit in 49. Daniel had 35 multi-hit games, and picked up hits in 19 of his final 21 games of the season. Over that final 21 game span, Daniel hit .384 with a .581 slugging percentage. From the fourth inning on in games this past season, Daniel posted a .374/.459/.599 slash.
Daniel was, well, nearly perfect in Rookie Ball this past season. A jump to High-A isn't out of the question for next season, but it will take a strong Spring Training for it. 2015 will be spent with one of the Single-A affiliates, and if it begins in Low-A, don't be surprised if he makes the leap to High-A near the mid-season mark.
Daniel should remain at second base, but could jump to third base. With the blockage ahead of him and his young age, the Angels can spend some time on Daniel in the minors, getting him the experience he needs to become a starting Major Leaguer. Daniel is best well suited to be a utility infielder, but could be a starter with some coaching. His current ETA to the Majors is the beginning of 2018.
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