The Chicago White Sox have promoted right-handed pitching prospect Tyler Danish to the major league roster. He’s scheduled to start the second game of Saturday’s double-header against the Detroit Tigers. Here’s a quick take on what to expect.
Danish was drafted by the White Sox in the second round in 2013 from high school in Plant City, Florida. He dominated at the lower levels and was promoted quickly, reaching Double-A in 2015 at the age of 20.
He did not have a particularly effective 2016 season, posting a 4.82 ERA in 105 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He walked just 26 but only fanned 68 while giving up 110 hits. He did appear briefly in the majors with the Sox, giving up six hits, three walks, and two runs in 1.2 innings.
Danish was rated as a Grade C prospect pre-season and was in the unranked category on the Chicago White Sox Top 20 prospects list for 2017. He’s been solid this year in Triple-A, posting a 3.15 ERA in 46 innings with a 23/13 K/BB, 45 hits allowed, and a 1.38 GO/AO ratio.
Listed at 6-0, 200, Danish is a right-handed hitter and thrower born September 12, 1994. His fastball tops out at 93 MPH and averages 91 but he locates it well. He also has a cutter, a more traditional slider, and a change-up. The change is probably his best pitch overall and in general he is not overpowering, relying on command and deception.
He had problems with control during his brief MLB trial last year but has done a good job throwing strikes in the minors. With more MLB adjustment time he could be a viable fifth starter, avoiding walks and relying on his defense.