Welcome to a new feature here at South Side Sox, Under the Radar.
Under the Radar will detail players in the White Sox organization who aren’t be listed on many Top 30 prospect lists, but have shown enough in the minors to warrant further consideration.
Some guys, like Tyler Danish or Zach Thompson, may have lost some of their prospect shine after previous struggles. Some have had their progress slowed due to injuries (e.g. Corey Zangari, who I’ll be writing about soon). Others are simply not flashy, like Kyle Kubat, but simply get the job done.
No matter the reason why they’re not considered “elite” prospects, they still have shown enough potential to possibly move up the ranks at some point.
Tyler Danish (RHP) Charlotte Knights
Tyler Danish has more name recognition that most players who’ll pop up on Under the Radar. He was Chicago’s second round pick in 2013, out of Durant High School in Plant City, Fla., where he once pitched 94 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. Danish breezed through Bristol, Kannapolis and Winston-Salem through 2014, pitching nearly 160 innings with a combined 1.92 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and respectable 7.38 K/9.
From 2015-17, however, Danish’s results took a nosedive against better competition. His ERA and WHIP both rocketed up, while his K/9 ratio dropped dramatically. Danish’s fastball seemed to lose its bite, and he clearly became much more hittable. During those three years with Birmingham and Charlotte, the six-foot, 200-pound pitcher combined for a 4.93 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 5.39 K/9. Danish has enjoyed cups of coffee with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017, amassing one victory in four games. His 2.70 ERA and 8.10 K/9 during over 6 2⁄3 total innings of work were shadowed by a combined 18 hits and walks.
Shortly after last season’s conclusion, Danish escaped with only a separated shoulder when a semitrailer slammed into his automobile at top speed. To add insult to injury, the righty went unclaimed after the White Sox dropped him from the 40-man roster.
Twenty-four of Danish’s 26 Charlotte outings this year have come from the bullpen, and his numbers have seen an uptick as a result. Over 60 2⁄3 innings through July 18, Danish’s ERA and WHIP have dropped to 2.97 and 1.27, respectively, while his K/9 has risen to 6.68.
These are significant improvements from Danish’s stats in Charlotte last year: 5.47 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 4.62 K/9. Danish has been in the system for a while, but he is still just 23 years old. With his results so far this year, it is not difficult to envision Danish beginning 2019 as a long man in next year’s White Sox bullpen, ultimately replacing either Chris Volstad or Hector Santiago.