College Draft Profile: Daniel Palka

 

Daniel Palka, RF Georgia Tech

Class: Junior; Height: 6-2; Weight: 225; B/T: L/L

Updated: 06/03/13

Pairing with catcher Zane Evans in the middle of Tech’s lineup, Palka has essentially equaled his teammate’s production, both posting a raw Weighted On Base Average of .454 (CollegeSplits).

Through the first 59 games of the year, Palka is hitting an impressive .332/.430/.637 with 13 doubles, a pair of triples and 17 homeruns. He’s also gone a perfect four-for-four in stolen bases as well.

Projection: While Palka has the better power (Isolated Powers of .305 and .244, respectively), his lack of plate discipline will likely cost him a shot as a potential second round pick. His K-rate is nearly 22%, a number that’s likely to slide somewhere near 27% or so in the pro ranks.

Palka’s an interesting prospect. He offers above-average power, a definite need in the professional game, but the strikeouts and potential issues against southpaws could easily outweigh it.

Ceiling: 1.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate

Drafted: Third Round

 

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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.