In an exclusive report, Irish Creed has learned that Notre Dame pitcher Evan Danieli will forego his senior season with the Irish and sign a contract with the Atlanta Braves, who drafted him in the 24th round of the 2010 Amateur Draft.
One of the top pitching high school prospects in the country, Evan was selected in the 2007 draft by the Minnesota Twins albeit his strong commitment to play at Notre Dame. Despite a college career that was hampered by injuries, including rehabilitation following Tommy John elbow surgery that caused him to miss the 2010 season, the Braves clearly were impressed by his 90+mph fastball that reportedly topped out at 97 in previous summers in the Cape Cod League, a commanding curve ball, and overall ability to pitch.
Evan’s outgoing and fun-loving personality will be sorely missed this year in Alumni Hall, around campus, and on the baseball team. But, we are excited to know that he departs to an organization with an outstanding reputation for grooming star MLB pitchers.
Don’t forget all those great Dawg Pizzas we’ve made you big guy, and get us tickets to your pitching duel when you take down fellow Seton Hall Prep star Rick Porcello. Best of luck as you begin your MLB career.