Top-10 Profiles of 2020: No. 7 Daniel Pacella


Diego Solares
Staff Writer

As the year starts to unwind, our staff will start to highlight the top-10 most viewed profiles from 2020 – starting at 10 and counting down.

One of the louder bats in the state’s junior class, our seventh most-viewed profile of 2020 is Mundelein's Daniel Pacella. Ranked No. 10 overall in Illinois’ 2022 class and No. 342 nationally, Pacella’s raw juice rivals most his age, maxing out at 101.5 mph during batting practice at a fall showcase, averaging 96.4 at that same event. We saw him tap into it in several different looks this summer as well and he’s comfortable working the entire field with it, enhancing that tool even more. 

Pacella already has prodigious raw power, but there may even be more to come. He’s built at a somewhat slender, strong, 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds that can continue to tack muscle on as he gets older. He’s committed to Kentucky, where his profile could ultimately lead to a middle-of-the-order thumper for the Wildcats down the road. 

TOP-10 PROFILES OF 2020, No. 7: DANIEL PACELLA

Daniel Pacella

Class of 2022 / 1B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: 1B
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Mundelein
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Top Tier American
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 230lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Position
6.87
60-yard
(10/18/20)
83
INF Velo
(10/18/20)
107
Exit Velo
(02/16/20)
Position
INF Velo
76
Exit Velo
106
Position
60-yard
6.87
INF Velo
83
Exit Velo
102
Position
60-yard
7.03
INF Velo
80
Exit Velo
107
Position
60-yard
7.12
INF Velo
82
Exit Velo
91
Trackman - Hitting
105.9
Exit Velocity (max)
(06/13/21)
97.8
Exit Velocity (avg)
(06/13/21)
298
Distance (avg)
(06/13/21)
383
Distance (max)
(06/13/21)
90
Hard Hit %
(06/13/21)
10
Barrel %
(06/13/21)
90
Sweet Spot %
(10/18/20)
60
Line Drive %
(06/13/21)
30.0
Fly Ball %
(06/13/21)
30
Ground Ball %
(10/18/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
105.9
Exit Velocity (avg)
97.8
Distance (avg)
298
Distance (max)
383
Hard Hit %
Barrel %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
101.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
96.4
Distance (avg)
242
Distance (max)
358
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
27.2
Hand Speed (max)
(10/18/20)
25.7
Hand Speed (avg)
(10/18/20)
83.0
Bat Speed (max)
(10/18/20)
76.8
Bat Speed (avg)
(10/18/20)
24.3
Rot. Acc (max)
(10/18/20)
18.5
Rot. Acc (avg)
(10/18/20)
71
On Plane Eff (avg)
(10/18/20)
79
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
(10/18/20)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
27.2
Hand Speed (avg)
25.1
Bat Speed (max)
75.7
Bat Speed (avg)
71.3
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
27.2
Hand Speed (avg)
25.7
Bat Speed (max)
83
Bat Speed (avg)
76.8
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency

Scouting Report

10/18/20
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-3, 215-pounds. Strong, physical, wide-shouldered frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced, slightly open setup, smooth load, short stride, hands-load. Fluid swing, bat stays in the zone a long time, advanced bat speed, present power with all-field power potential, ball jumps off barrel, consistent loud contact.
Power: 102 mph exit velocity from the tee. Max exit velocity of 101.45 MPH during BP, an average of 96.37 MPH, max distance of 358 feet, all via TrackMan. Max bat speed of 83.00 MPH, average of 76.83 MPH via Blast.
Arm: LH. INF - 83 mph. Over-the-top arm slot, long, loose action, throws flashed carry across infield.
Defense: Athletic actions, confident hands, plays through the baseball, comfortable around the first base bag.
Run: 6.87 runner in the 60. Advanced runner for his size and position.

9/13/20

Kentucky commit. 6-foot-3, 215-pound, wide-shouldered, physical left-handed hitting first baseman. Features some of the top raw power in the Midwest. Has posted an exit velocity of 107 mph off the tee in the past. Loose, strong hands, present bat strength. Long through the zone, pull-side tendencies and loud off the bat.

2/16/20

Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-foot-3, 205-pounds. Strong, athletic, wide-shouldered frame.
Hit: LHH. Balanced setup, wide base, hands stay back, quick toe-tap timing trigger.  Fast bat, aggressive swing, uphill path, consistent hard contact, present pull-side power.
Power: 107 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: LH. INF - 80 mph. Long, loose arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Athletic feet, hands play under center, comfortable around the bag.
Run: 7.03 runner in the 60. 

1/25/20

Verbally committed to the University of Kentucky.


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