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May 18, 2004 - May 18, 2004   Navy  19
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 200   R/L

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LHP Danny Bales: Bales threw a quick inning, pitching between 83-85 mph on his fastball with some of the best moving life of any fastball at the Showcase. His curveball was 68-71 mph and had a sharp, big break to it that mismatched the left handed hitter he faced. Only facing a couple of hitters probably kept Bales from unveiling his change up, which might be his best pitch. We’d be really challenged to remember the last time we’ve seen this southpaw allow a run at any type of event. Bales has signed with University of Iowa.
PG Grade 9.0




May 01, 2004 - May 02, 2004   White  12
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 205   R/L

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LHP Danny Bales: Bales, a University of Iowa signee, has unofficially competed in more Perfect Game events than any player other than the Chicago White Sox’ Ryan Sweeney, so each report on the senior southpaw is simply fine tuning what we’ve already reported before. Bales has been solid all spring, toying with hitters using a good mix of a 83-87 mph fastball, his sharp low 70’s curveball and excellent sinking change up. He cruised through a couple of innings at the Showcase and hitters at any high school level don’t pose much of a challenge for him right now. Remember, Bales has dominated national level events during the last year, too. Bales is the type of pitching prospect who could go straight out into pro ball, if he gets a chance this summer, and put up impressive performances from the first game. Somebody made the comparison this weekend between Bales and Darin Downs, the young LHP that the Cubs picked in the 5th round in 2003. It’s a good comparison. Downs had a bit more juice on his fastball, but Bales has more fastball movement, every bit as good a curveball and change up and just as much "pitching" skill as Downs. Also, just so Danny knows that we pay attention, we did notice the ground rule double he bounced over the 375 sign on Saturday at the Showcase, but we’re not going to list him as a position prospect.
PG Grade 9.5




Mar 20, 2004 - Apr 25, 2004   Gold Nuggets  14
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 200   R/L

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Feb 28, 2004 - Feb 28, 2004   White  36
Perfect Game Indoor Facility - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 205   R/L

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87
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Daniel Bales: We’ve seen Danny pitch as much as any player in the country and maybe more, since he works out at the PG facility. He’s gained a bunch of very good weight during this off season and is starting to look like a man at 6-3, 205. Bales has been touching 89 mph during his off-season workouts and was steady at 85-87 mph at the Showcase. He throws from the far, far right hand side of the rubber from a low ¾’s release point and his fastball sinks and runs so much that if Bales aims it at a right handed hitter’s front elbow, it acts like a good slider from a RHP. The key for evaluating Bales is that when he aims a pitch, it’s going to go there. He has excellent control of all three of his pitches. His change up is top notch by any standards and might be his best pitch in the future. Bales arm speed is perfect on the pitch and he can drop it anywhere in the strike zone or off the corner with darting, sinking, and fading action. Bales’ curveball is a big sharp breaking 71-74 pitch that he likes to back door right handers with. It is unhittable when he's on. He’ll occasionally get under a pitch and it will flatten out, but not often. Most scouts have seen Bales enough that they know fastball velocity is secondary to his other skills and his ability to get hitters out. If he is any where around 90 this spring, he's going to be a high pick in the draft. Danny has signed to attend the U of Iowa.
PG Grade 10.0




Oct 24, 2003 - Oct 27, 2003   Wisconsin Blazers  16
Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 200   R/L

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84
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81-84
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73
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Sep 20, 2003 - Sep 21, 2003   Red  15
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 185   R/L

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Same old Bales. As always he dominated hitters with mid 80s extra lively fastball and one of the best breaking balls in all of high school baseball. This kid can really pitch and if he stays healthy he is going to win big at the next level. Danny also showed some hitting ability by hitting one off the wall with a broken bat.
PG Grade 9.0




Aug 30, 2003 - Oct 19, 2003   Perfect Game Navy  18
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 185   R/L

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84
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84
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Jun 13, 2003 - Jun 15, 2003   Green  17
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 185   R/L

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We've watched Danny Bales grow up. He has beem in PG Leagues and showcases for several years. Bales has been up to 89 mph with his extremely lively fastball. At times he shows the best breaking ball in high school baseball. His changeup is equally effective, when he doesn't baby it, it has plus action and is a devestating pitch. Danny hasn't shown the 89 mph velocity lately, he was pretty much 84 in Lincoln. He is one lefty that doesn't need great velocity to get hitters out. In fact, he hardly ever gets hit even against the best hitters in the country. He can pitch and he's very competitive. If he gets the velocity back on his heater, he's going to be a real nice draft pick. If he velocity does not return, Bales will be a highest level Division One pitcher.
PG Grade 10.0




May 14, 2003 - May 15, 2003   Red  26
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 200   R/L

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86
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Apr 26, 2003 - Apr 27, 2003   Green  15
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 185   R/L

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Despite a brief warm-up period and inclement weather, Bales showed the livliest fastball in the event. He is a 6 foot 3 Left-hander with a good wiry frame that has the potential for 2 plus pitches, which we have seen at times. His fastball was consistently between 83 and 86 mph and he uses a whip-like arm action to generate good arm speed. There is no tension in that arm and the curve ball came out of his hand just as fast. We clocked the curve between 69-71 mph and it has a big break. It didn't get touched. We have seen Bales many times in the Spring leading up to the Midwest Showcase and he has shown better all around stuff. If this could be considered an off day for him, there are not many Colleges that want to miss seeing him for themselves. He is the real deal!
PG Grade 8.5




Mar 15, 2003 - Apr 13, 2003   Cedar Rapids (Orange Crush)  5
Various Ballparks- Iowa - -, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 200   R/L

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Mar 01, 2003 - Mar 02, 2003   Red  18
Perfect Game Indoor Facility - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 185   R/L

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83-86
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Bales is a 6 foot 3, 185 pound left-hander. He has a good lean frame that is thin and projectable. He has pitched in front of our Perfect Game staff many times and showed good off-season stuff on the mound at the Indoor Showcase. He uses a low 3/4 arm slot and has a nice loose arm whip. His delivery is controlled and easy. His free working arm produced 84-86 mph fastballs and at times, that fastball showed sink. His fastball has shown plus life each time we have seen him and followed that trend in this event. He also showed a very good 74-75 mph change-up that dove late. His curveball was also a very good one that nearly went untouched. It showed a big sudden bite and 71-73 mph velocity. The curveball is a plus pitch. None of his pitches were straight or could have been considered hittable. He has shown better command in the past but by the spring, we expect that he is going to tighten up his strike-zone and add velocity into the upper 80's, which we saw out of him last season. He is a prospect that is getting a lot of attention and could be a good draft pick. He is one Left-hander that needs to be followed closely.




Jan 11, 2003 - Jan 12, 2003     
Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 185   R/L

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Danny Bales should be one of the most sought after lefties in the country in 2004. We've seen him as high as 89, 86 in Ft Myers, but velocity does not tell the story on Bales. He has plus life on the heater and great command. He has a real whip for a left arm. His breaking ball is one of the best in the "04" class. he'll throw it from 70 to 76 with sharp bite. It's nearly untouchable. He also features a plus changeup, but really doesn't use it a whole lot. The fastball/breaking ball combo is more than enough to dominate high school hitters. Bales is about 6'3 and lost his baby fat. Used to be chunky now he's skinny. He's going to get stronger and projects nicely. He's a fierce competitor on the hill. If he doesn't have any arm problems, look for Bales to be throwing low 90s with plus stuff in 2004. That should make him a high draft pick. Every college in America should be trying to get him and hope he don't throw that hard out of high school. He is a big time winner at any college program.
PG Grade 10.0




Sep 14, 2002 - Sep 15, 2002     
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 190   R/L

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We've seen Bales throw with more velocity (up to 89) His breaking ball ranks right up there with any 04 in America. His size and whip-like arm should make him a top draft prospect in "04". He has plus stuff and good command of it.
PG Grade 9.5




Apr 20, 2002 - Apr 21, 2002     
Holland Patterson - Newton, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 210   R/L

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Bales is one of the better 04 lefties you will see. Upper 80s velocity with plus life. At times his breaking ball is as good as any in the country and so is his changeup. Look for big things out of this kid.
PG Grade 9.5




Mar 16, 2002 - Apr 16, 2002     
Various Ballparks- Iowa - -, IA
Daniel Bales
LHP 6-3 210   R/L

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