Georgia Tech’s Daniel Palka earned one of two MVP awards at the Cape Cod League All-Star Game Saturday. Playing first base, Palka went 3-for-4 in the game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Palka, representing the Wareham Gatemen, was named the West MVP.
Palka became the third Tech player to win the honor in the Cape Cod League, usually stocked with the top upcoming draft prospects in college baseball. Tech’s previous winners were Matt Murton and Mark Teixeira. Murton played five years in the major leagues and now plays in Japan, where he broke Ichiro’s single-season hit record in 2010. Teixeira is a two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner. Palka was a second-team All-ACC pick this past season with 12 home runs and a team-best .550 slugging percentage.
Palka reached the all-star break hitting .285 with 10 home runs, tied for the league lead. Teammate Mott Hyde, also picked for the all-star game, was hitting .301 with seven doubles at the break.