HANOVER, N.H. — One day after Dartmouth senior right-hander Duncan Robinson was selected in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs, another Big Green righty was chosen by another National League Central team. Michael Danielak had his name called in the 28th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 855th overall pick, giving Dartmouth multiple selections in one draft for the first time since three were taken in 2013 and the 10th time overall.
A 6-4, 215-pound junior from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, Danielak split his time on the mound this past season as a starter and reliever, posting a 2-3 record with a 2.95 ERA while leading the team with a strikeout rate of 9.76 per nine innings (43 in 39.2 innings). Opponents hit just .263 against him, and he walked just nine batters (2.04 per nine innings) to help Dartmouth rank 11th in the country in fewest walks issued per nine innings.
After missing the 2015 season due to an injury, Danielak impressed in his season debut with two perfect innings of relief against Indiana State, then hurled 4.1 innings of one-run ball at Florida, then the top-ranked team in the country. He struck out nine batters in each of his first two starts, the first of which was a nine-inning, complete-game, 4-2 victory over Maine. In his final appearance of the year, Danielak produced a quality start, yielding two runs in six stanzas against Harvard with six strikeouts.
In three seasons with the Big Green, Danielak is 4-9 with a 4.16 ERA and three saves over 97.1 innings with 87 strikeouts and just 21 walks.
Danielak, the 39th Big Green selection since the draft began in 1965, is one of eight Ivy League players to be picked this year as both Columbia and Harvard joined Dartmouth with two while Yale and Brown had one apiece. Big Green head coach Bob Whalen, who just completed his 27th year at the helm of the program, has had 23 of his players chosen a total of 24 times and 13 in his last 10 seasons.
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