The Chicago White Sox have signed second-round pick Tyler Danish, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The right-hander will receive a bonus of $1,001,800, which is the slot value for the 55th overall selection. Danish will forgo his commitment to the University of Florida to join the White Sox organization, and will report to rookie-level Bristol of the Appalachian League.
The Durant High School (Fla.) graduate, who throws a sinking fastball in the 90-94 mph range and creates deception with his unorthodox arm angle, did not give up an earned run in 94 innings of work on the season, and was highly regarded as one of the best high school prospects entering the draft. He also throws a hard-breaking slider and a strong changeup.
Because of his unorthodox delivery, many speculate that Danish may be better suited as a reliever at the major league level. Regardless, he will likely remain a starter in his early years in professional ball as he works on his development.
With the signing of Danish, the White Sox have now signed their top six picks, including shortstop Tim Anderson (1st round, 17th overall), outfielder Jacob May (3rd round, 91st overall), and right-handed pitchers Andrew Mitchell (4th round, 123rd overall), Thaddius Lowry (5th round, 153rd overall), and James Dykstra (6th round, 183rd overall).