06/26/2018 - National Tryout Plus - New Britain, CT
Daniel is a hardworking catching prospect who has a balanced skill set. As a right-handed hitter, Daniel has a crouched setup with his weight in the front of his stance. He has a strong base with a long stride as he partially uses his lower half throughout his swing. Daniel shows fast bat speed with a direct swing path producing square contact. He is a line drive type hitter who delivers hard contact. Behind the plate, Daniel has an effective setup and plays the position athletically. He presents a low target and stays square to the pitcher. Daniel receives the ball with a firm glove. He has a clean exchange leading into a short, quick arm action throwing from a 3/4 arm slot. He has a quick release showing consistently online throws across the diamond. Overall, Daniel is a well-rounded prospect who has potential to get even better.
03/25/2018 - National Tryout Plus - Middletown (Hartford), CT
Daniel is a catcher graduating in 2020. In the field, Daniel continues to show efficient feet that allow him to center himself behind balls to make plays. He shows a quick exchange into a short arm action from a high 3/4 arm slot. Daniel will see lower pop times and a higher receiving rating by implementing a long toss program and quieter actions. At the plate, Daniel shows a line drive, gap to gap type approach. His square, crouched set up translates well into his strong base. Daniel shows a short, square stride and a good center balance with a firm front half. He continues to show his power potential with his fast bat speed and short, direct swing path. Developing a smoother rhythm and a looser hand grip could help Daniel hit the ball harder more consistently. With another two years of development, Daniel could play at the next level.
12/20/2017 - Baseball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament at Pirate City - Session 1 (Ages 14-18)
Daniel is a solid, athletic catcher who will graduate in 2020. At the plate is where he shows best, displaying well above average power potential. Hands are quick (80 mph exit velocity) and work through an aggressive swing path. He stays inside the baseball, utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop. Lower half works well through the swing and he shows a feel for the barrel with baseball jumping off the bat when centered. Behind the plate, feet are aggressive and active as he works in line to his target, through a clean transfer / exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times showed a range of 2.15-2.66 with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Glove action is soft and he sticks in the zone but needs to present a lower target. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process but needs to work to get down sooner and improve flexibility to improve grade. With 3 years to further develop, Daniel has abilities with time and room to progress his game.