College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 53 with Siena junior second baseman Dan Paolini. The Stratford Connecticut native attended Bunnell High School where he was a three year letterwinner in baseball and basketball. He was named All-Conference for his final three seasons while being All-State in his junior and senior seasons for baseball.
Paolini continued his baseball career at Siena College where he had one of the best seasons in school history. He finished the season with a .430 batting average, 86 hits, and .484 on-base percentage while adding 11 homers, 53 RBI and a .685 slugging percentage. He picked up several awards including being named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, ECAC and MAAC Rookie of the Year, and named to ECAC First Team and All-MAAC Second Team.
He would not have a sophomore slump in 2010 as he continued his strong start to his career. He finished the season with a .368 batting average while hitting 26 homers and driving in 64 runs. He had a ridiculous .816 slugging percentage which was the best in the MAAC and sixth best in the entire country. He had a 0.49 homers per game average which was tops in the nation. Collegiate Baseball named him a Second-Team All-American for his accomplishments.
Paolini played the summer of 2010 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Chatham Anglers. He appeared in 35 games with a .200 batting average as he hit a homer and drove in five runs. In the middle of the summer, he was selected to participate in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.
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