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Daniel-to-Vols highlights ’Dawg pitching trifecta signings


Perhaps because he’s a University of Tennessee signee, Bearden southpaw pitcher Hunter Daniel goes to the top of Matt Buckner’s deep and talented staff for 2008. But although the Bulldog skipper said it’s hard to distinguish a top pitcher among his five best arms, Buckner labeled Daniel “very consistent” with “tremendous size” before the 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior made it official with the Vols during a signing ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 20, at BHS.

With a change-up his best pitch according to Buckner, Daniel has compiled a 13-4 career record (3.45 ERA) in 110 innings with 90 strikeouts.


The senior picked up a pitching win for the 16-Under Knoxville Yard during the World Wood Bat Championships at East Cobb, Ga. last summer.

Daniel’s BHS teammate, righthander Taylor Gouffon, won two games and was named tournament Most Valuable Player. (See pictures and captions of Gouffon’s and righthander Josh Hullett’s signing ceremonies, page 18).

Bearden’s pitching staff also is highlighted by senior righty Andy Fennell and lefthander Garrett Copeland.

As for Daniel’s decision to play for new Vol skipper Todd Raleigh, “coach [Fred] Corral was a big part of that, he’s one of the best pitching coaches in the country,” the 17-year-old said. “I really liked the coaching staff, they were real good with our family and explained straight out how it is, didn’t butter it up or anything.

“I’m excited about that, I’m just ready to get out there next year and try and earn a spot.”

 

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