A 6-4, 230-pound right-hander out of Mount Prospect, Illinois, Danielak was a second-team All-Ivy League and third-team All-New England pitcher this past spring with a 7-2 record and 2.64 ERA, good for third in the conference. He surrendered 57 hits in 58.0 innings on the mound while striking out 55 batters and walking just 10, which places him among the top 30 pitchers nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Danielak won his first five starts of the season with victories over two nationally ranked teams in Miami and UCF, yielding just a single run combined on 11 hits and one walk in 15 innings to go with 14 strikeouts. His 4-1 triumph over the Knights garnered him Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors as well.
As a freshman in 2013, Danielak worked out of the bullpen and struck out 18 batters in 18.1 innings to go with a 1-1 record and a pair of saves. He started five games among his eight appearances as a sophomore, then sat out the 2015 campaign with an injury. Upon returning to the Big Green roster in the spring of 2016, Danielak put up a 2.95 ERA in 39.2 innings, striking out 43 and walking just nine in 39.2 frames. For his career, the big right-hander produced an 11-11 record with a 3.59 ERA covering 155.1 innings. He struck out 142 batters (8.2 per nine innings) and walked only 31 and held opposing hitters to a .264 average.
This is the second time Danielak has been taken in the MLB Draft; last year the Pittsburgh Pirates chose him in the 28th round, but he decided to return to Hanover to complete his college eligibility and improve his stock. He is also the third Ivy Leaguer selected this year, with Sulser going in the 10th round and Penn RHP Billy Lescher in the 17th round. Penn had two more pitchers taken — RHP Jake Cousins in the 20th round by the Washington Nationals and RHP Adam Bleday in the 27th round by the Houston Astros, while Cornell RHP Paul Balestrieri was pegged by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round.
Since the 2000 season, Dartmouth has had 23 players selected in the MLB Draft, including two players who have played in the big leagues — Ed Lucas '04 and current Chicago Cub Kyle Hendricks '12. Head coach Bob Whalen, who just completed his 28th season with the Big Green, has had 24 players selected a total of 26 times during his tenure.