The junior is the highest Irish hurler to get drafted since RHP Kyle Weiland went in the third round in 2008.
AT NOTRE DAME: One-year monogram winner that enters junior season with a 5.64 career ERA and 0-1 record, plus 24 strikeouts, 21 walks and 34 hits allowed (.288 opponent batting average) in 11 appearances (two starts) and 30.1 innings (six hit batters, 10 wild pitches, three home runs allowed) ... averaging 7.12 strikeouts and 6.23 walks per 9.0 innings pitched in his career ... will likely miss the entire 2010 season after off-season elbow surgery ... imposing presence who is noted for ability to consistently repeat his pitching motion and for his devastating curveball ... throws tight, late-breaking and well-controlled curve that can be legitimate "out pitch" ... also has a heavy, over-the-top fastball that touches the low-90s, plus a developing changeup and slider ... benefits from loose arm and downward angle to the plate ... battle-tested competitor with good poise ... made strides in `07 fall workouts with his situational pitching ... gained quality experience as a freshman ... needs to continue work toward consistency ... probably owns the most electric stuff of any member of the Irish pitching staff.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Limited to two appearances on the mound in the spring, one start, due to an arm injury ... went 0-1 with a 10.80 earned run average in 3.1 innings of work ... allowed five hits as his opponents batted .357 against him ... struck out four and walked five ... opened the season as the team's third starter, but left his only start of the season (Feb. 22 vs. Purdue) after 3.0 innings with elbow tightness (allowed two earned runs on three hits; walked three and struck out three in no-decision) ... returned for a relief appearances on April 28 vs. UIC, but lasted just 0.1 innings (surrendered two earned runs on two hits; walked two and struck out one) ... was promptly shelved for the rest of the season ... did not participate in the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series due to injury ... spent the summer of 2008 with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League ... served the Commodores bullpen in the setup role ... played with Notre Dame teammate A.J. Pollock ... went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 12 games (all out of the Falmouth bullpen) ... opponents batted just .194 against him ... struck out 23 and walked 12 in 21.1 innings of work ... surrendered just one home run all year ... ranked fourth on the team in victories, fifth in ERA (minimum of 20 innings), fourth in appearances and tied for third in games finished.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Made nine appearances on the mound in the spring, including one start ... his nine appearances were tied for third-most by a rookie pitcher ... went 0-0 with a 5.00 earned run average in 27.0 innings of work ... allowed 29 hits in 27.0 innings as his opponents batted .279 against him, but also struck out 20 and walked 16 ... surrendered just three extra-base hits the entire season (one double, two home runs) against 131 batters faced ... opponents registered just a .275 slugging percentage ... proved even tougher against left-handed hitters as they managed just a .261 batting average (6-for-23) ... right-handed hitters batted .284 (23-for-81) against him ... averaged 6.67 strikeouts and 5.33 walks per nine innings ... held opponents to a .262 batting average (16-for-61) with runners on base ... Notre Dame posted a 6-3 record when Danieli started ... as a starter, went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 4.0 innings of work (one start) ... struck out one and walked two ... as a reliever, went 0-0 with a 4.30 ERA in 23.0 innings of work ... yielded 18 hits as opponents batted just .273 against him ... struck out 19 and walked 14 ... made career debut on Feb. 24 against Albany ... worked 3.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits ... struck out three and walked three in a no decision ... registered first career start on Mar. 4 against Maine ... tossed 4.0 innings, but was roughed up for four earned runs on five hits ... walked a pair and struck out one ... pitched 2.0 innings and allowed one earned run on one hit against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Mar. 26 ... worked 4.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits against Manchester College on Apr. 9 ... fanned one and walked one ... did not allow a hit in 1.0 inning of work against Northern Illinois on Apr. 16, but allowed an earned run in large part to a pair of walks, two hit batters and one balk ... recorded first career scoreless outing on Apr. 22 against Chicago State ... went 2.0 innings and limited Cougars to just one hit ... struck out four of the seven batters he faced ... made second consecutive appearance without allowing an earned run on Apr. 30 against Mississippi Valley State ... allowed a couple hits and two unearned runs ... hurt by a pair of walks and two wild pitches ... tossed a career-high 4.1 innings against a ranked Michigan squad on May 13 ... allowed a couple of earned runs on nine hits, but also fanned a career-best six ... made final appearance of the season on May 20 against USF (one earned run on four hits and four walks in 3.1 innings) ... pitched for Notre Dame in the exhibition against the South Bend Silverhawks (Single A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) and tossed a scoreless inning of relief ... overcame rough start in game-3 of 2007 Blue-Gold World Series (4 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 WP, 2 Ks; 7-5 loss, with Blue) to put together pretty solid rookie campaign.
PREP & PERSONAL: Named `07 All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Aflac, Playstation, and Rawlings ... first team all-state, first team all-county and named most valuable pitcher on talented `07 staff at Seton Hall Prep (nation's top-ranked team) ... his `07 season included 11-0 record (SHP record for wins), 0.45 ERA and 3-to-1 ratio of strikeouts (81) to walks (27), plus more than twice as many innings (62) as hits allowed (28) ... helped SHP win third straight state title in `07 (10-1 over St. Joseph's) ... one of four players on `07 team who signed with D-I programs (RHP Rick Porcello was `07 national player of the year and first round draft pick of Detroit Tigers) ... went 6-plus innings to beat Immaculata in sectional final, 3-0 (3 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks) ... out-dueled Immaculata's Sean McKeown, who had 19 straight wins ... `07 highlights included two wins over Randolph and postseason win over St. Peter's ... named USA Today national pitcher of the week in early May, after pair of shutout wins (13 Ks, 3 H, 11 IP) ... helped SHP go 32-1 (1.53 staff ERA; .353 team batting avg.) ... had spot starts in summer of `07 with N.J. Twins (also played with them in summer/fall of `05) ... played for Mike Sheppard, Jr., who has guided SHP to six state titles in 22 seasons (he is son of former longtime Seton Hall coach Mike Sheppard, Sr., whose son Rob Sheppard is current SHU coach) ... had unique chance to visit with Yogi Berra and Alex Rodriguez at `06 Aflac All-America Game (at San Diego State) ... his junior season included 1.10 ERA, 5-1 record and 59 Ks in 39 IP (13.6 Ks/9 IP) ... threw no-hitter for SHP team that won `06 state title (ranked #25 in nation) ... named most valuable pitcher on `04 team ... selected for `06 East Coast Pro Showcase (Wilmington, N.C.) and Area Code Games (Long Beach, Calif.) ... helped Vailsburg American Legion reach state playoffs in summer of `04 (`05 district playoffs) ... highly-rated and projectable pitching prospect who would have been high pick in `07 Major League draft, if not for his strong commitment to Notre Dame ... ultimately was selected in 33rd round, by Minnesota Twins ... Baseball America had projected him as `07 draft's #157 overall prospect (including college players) while Perfect Game rated him 40th among all high school prospects for `07 draft ... his signing with ND helped rest of the class (ranked #4 in nation) fall into place ... avid chess and ping-pong player ... honors student (3.71 GPA) and member of student council ... born Aug. 2, 1989, in Manhattan, N.Y. ... full name is Evan Alexander Danieli ... son of Steven and Janet Danieli ... major is undecided.