Ht: 6'2" Wt: 190
Acquired: Drafted 2nd Round in 2013 out of high school
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #8 - 2013 Midseason
- #8 - 2014 Preseason
- #8 - 2014 Midseason
- #5 - 2015 Preseason
- #7 - 2015 Midseason
- #5 - 2016 Preseason
- #18 - 2016 Midseason
- FutureSox Pitcher of the Month - April 2014
- Best change-up in the White Sox system, 2016 post-season (Baseball America)
Danish was seen as advanced for a prep draft pick, and his early pro performances reflected that: He breezed through rookie and A-ball (2013 and 2014), and posted very nice numbers as a 19-year-old in the Carolina League (2.65 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, 7.7 K/9, 2.21 GO/AO). In 2015 Danish found himself very challenged as a 20-year-old in AA, and was one of the youngest players to open the year in the Southern League. The aggressive assignment put Danish in a position where he struggled for the first time in his baseball career. After 5 good starts, the league caught up with him and he was hit hard most of the rest of the year, finishing with a 5.20 ERA, 11.1 H/9, 3.8 BB/9 and 5.7 K/9, all big steps back from his previous professional work. In 2016 he repeated the level as a still quite young 21-year-old, improving his results in most categories but still not exactly killing it. Then in a head-scratching move, the Sox promoted him to the majors for a brief bullpen look, and then sent to AAA Charlotte where he got hit pretty hard. Shortly after the season ended, Tyler underwent a minor knee procedure (meniscus). His 2017 numbers as a starter in Charlotte weren't great (5.47 ERA, 11.4 H/9, 3.1 BB/9, 4.6 K/9 in 26 starts) and he did make a one-start appearance in Chicago.
The most unusual thing about Danish is his low 3/4 arm slot, similar to Jake Peavy, and his quick release from the stretch. Some scouts think he could have injury problems, but his stuff and unusual delivery also give his pitches special movement. Danish's fastball has good sink and lots of flutter that he plays multiple ways, and as a pro starter it has generally ranged 88-92. He has a slider, a change-up that has drawn good reviews, and a new cutter. Tyler is still quite young for the levels he's pitching against, but he's also now possibly a reliever (though that's not entirely clear). There is a slot-related weakness against LHH that won't change much, so his change-up will need to be very good to compensate. Tyler has put on some muscle in the past year or two, and he's probably got plenty of endurance for starting, but perhaps not the stuff. He's become a big question mark at this point, as it's unclear if his sometimes-flashy slider and good change-up are enough to work from against a low velocity fastball. The cutter, if it works, could help bridge the gap. For 2018, expect Danish to be in AAA, but there's no telling if he's a starter or reliever at this point.
Major League Outlook: Back end starter or long/middle reliever
ETA: 2017 (he's already been there)
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