Daniel was drafted in the 13th round by the Toronto Blue Jays after his senior year in high school at Lassen High School and chose to attend the University of Iowa. After one year he then decided to transfer here to Lassen College to play out his freshman season. As a prep athlete he was a four-time all-conference selection in baseball and earned the honor three times in basketball. A Perfect Game preseason All-American, he earned a spot on the Northern California High School All-Star team. Scouting News ranked him as a Top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2015.