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Daniel Palka
Name: Daniel Bennett Palka
Born: Oct 28, 1991 in Lyman, SC
High School: Georgia Tech
College: Georgia Tech
High School: Greer (S.C.) HS
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 3rd round (88th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 (signed for $550,000)
At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, what Palka lacks in subtlety he makes up for with brute force. He smashed 24 homers in his first two seasons, rarely getting cheated with his swing, and was leading the ACC with 15 homers with a week left in the regular season. His grip-it-and-rip-it approach will always lead to strikeouts, and he hasn't added much polish in three seasons. He still has holes down and away or in on his hands, but he has the strength to hit balls out of any park. Palka is a fringy athlete who has played right field for most of his college career, and he has plenty of arm strength, having pitched nine scoreless innings over the last two seasons. Most scouts want a better athlete and runner in right field than Palka, who may fall back to left or to first base as a pro. His plus arm would be wasted at first, but if he hits enough, it won't matter.
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