College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 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 29 with Georgia Tech sophomore Daniel Palka. The Lyman, South Carolina native was a five year letter winner at Greer High School under head coach Bob Massullo. In 2010, hit .470 with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs while posting a 1.80 ERA on the mound while being named All-State twice (2009 and 2010) and four-time all-area member (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). He was drafted in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies but decided to head to Georgia Tech.
As a freshman, he hit .297 with three triples, 18 doubles, 12 home runs and 52 RBIs in 63 games (60 starts). Palka’s 12 home runs led the team and ranked tied for 4th in the ACC. He also had a team-leading .556 slugging percentage which was the 6th-best mark in the conference.
He spent the summer of 2011 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Wareham Gatemen. He played in 39 games hitting .327 with a homer and 16 RBI. He was named to the 2011 CCBL All-League Team.
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