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Friday, May 31, 2019

Keith Daniel, Tremendous Attitude - 8

The Dodgers saw a promising future for for hurler Keith Daniel, Dodger scout Gene LaRocque told Daniel's hometown Wilmington Star-News in June 1989.

"Keith has a great amount of poise," LaRocque told The Star-News. "We feel he can develop into a real solid pitcher. He has a lot of maturity and a tremendous attitude."

LaRocque spoke to The Star-News upon the high schooler signing his first pro contract with the club.  Daniel's career, however, turned out brief. He played two seasons. He never made it out of rookie ball.

Daniel's career started that year in 1989, selected by the Dodgers in the 15th round of the draft out of Pender High School in Currie, N.C.

At Pender High, Daniel went 12-1 his senior season.

He started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League, at Kissimmee. He went 2-2 over 16 outings, two starts. He also posted a 3.89 ERA as he helped the club to the league championship series.

Daniel returned to the Gulf Coast League for 1990. He got into 17 games that year, starting two. He went 2-1, saved six and ended with a 2.86 ERA. That season proved his final season as a pro.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,130
Made the Majors:1,140-36.4%
Never Made Majors:1,990-63.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 473
10+ Seasons in the Minors:282

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