What were you doing when you were 21 years old? I can tell you what Tyler Danish was doing…making his big league debut for the White Sox against the Royals in front of 31,183 fans at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, with Lorenzo Cain stepping into the box.
It was a quick rise to the Majors for Danish, who the White Sox drafted 55th overall in 2013 out of Durant High School in Plant City, Florida after a dominant senior season in which he was unscored upon. Danish’s dominance continued into the minors in 2014, and by 2015 he was the Southern League’s youngest starter.
To date, Danish has only had a taste of the Majors, totaling 13 innings for the White Sox from 2016-18. Even in that brief time, he added career highlights such as five shutout innings against the Tigers in ’17, and strikeouts of star players like Francisco Lindor and Victor Martinez.
In December 2018, Danish signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. After pitching six Triple-A games for the Mariners in ’19, he spent the rest of the year and 2020 pitching independent ball. In 2021, Danish worked out of the bullpen in the minors as part of the Angels organization, mostly in Triple-A. In 60 1/3 innings at that level, Danish punched out 25.8% of batters and walked just 5.8%. He’s still only 27 years old, and expects to sign with an MLB team within the next week or so.
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