WITH THE EXPRESS: McDaniel joins the Express for his second season after a successful 2010 campaign. McDaniel served as a starter the entire season and went 8-3. He pitched Game 3 of the Divsion Series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks and got the win going 6.2 innings. He finished the season with a 3.67 ERA in 12 starts and logged 73.2 innings for the Express.
Joined San Diego State last season from the state of Hawaii where he received all-state recognition all four years of high school ... Will likely be deployed as a member of the Aztec bullpen this season ... Competed with the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League during summer 2010 ... Made 12 starts on the mound and went 8-3 with a 3.67 earned run average ... Played summer baseball in 2009 for the Dirtbags in Mililani, Hawaii.
PERSONAL: Matthew Keakaokalani McDaniel was born Nov. 23, 1990, in Honolulu ... Son of Randy and Gina McDaniel ... Enjoys playing ball and hanging out with friends ... Lists favorite athlete as New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana ... Recruited out of high school by the University of Hawai'i ... Majoring in biology at San Diego state with career plans as a pharmacist.