A second-round draft pick back in 2013, Tyler Danish has quietly moved up the ranks of the White Sox's farm system thanks to several good seasons in the minor leagues. Things took an even better turn for him this past season, as he received his first stint with the major league club during the month of June. Still, the 22-year-old's season as a whole was a struggle. His time as a starter with Double-A Birmingham was serviceable, as he posted a mediocre 4.42 ERA, but did hold a strong 1.16 WHIP and a promising 3.11 FIP. The surprise callup to Chicago proved a disaster, though, as he was shellacked for two runs on six hits and three walks in just 1.2 innings pitched. The right-hander finished the campaign at Triple-A Charlotte and he continued to struggle in his first taste of that level. Danish still has some good peripherals working in his favor along with a nice slider, but he'll need more seasoning in the minors before he can realistically contribute on the South Side.
Danish was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. The 22-year-old reached the Triple-A level for the first time last season, so this move isn't all that surprising. Danish held his own decently well against the big-leaguers this spring, sporting a 3.68 ERA in 7.1 spring innings pitched, so he could push for a call-up later in the season if he thrives in his first Triple-A campaign.
Danish threw a scoreless inning in his spring debut, allowing one hit while striking out one and walking one against the Reds on Tuesday. Danish looks to be making a strong recovery after undergoing season-ending knee surgery last August. The White Sox will continue to ease him back into things, and although they haven't said if the 22-year-old will be ready to go by Opening Day, it seems likely based on his current throwing schedule. Assuming he is ready by the regular season, he'll still probably start out in Triple-A and work for a call-up.
Danish (knee) threw two live innings Tuesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Danish underwent knee surgery during the 2016 season, but is reporting that he's felt good during early spring training workouts. The club has yet to say if he'll be available to pitch once the regular season arrives, but it would appear that the young righty is headed in the right direction.
The White Sox expect Danish to make a full recovery after undergoing season-ending surgery earlier in August, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Of course, the White Sox describe the nature of Danish's injury, but he had not pitched for Triple-A Charlotte since July 29. Danish split the 2016 season between Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham, and he made his MLB debut earlier in the summer when the big league bullpen needed a hand. A successful rehab process could have him in the conversation for a more permenant roster spot at some point in 2017 season.
Danish was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's game with the Tigers. Danish has a 10.8 ERA and 5.40 WHIP over his 1.2 innings pitched. The pitcher was used as a reliever, and could get called up again if the White Sox need him for organizational depth in the bullpen. There will be a corresponding move before Tuesday's game to add someone to the 25-man roster.