Tyler Danish doesn't have prototypical mechanics or the kind of delivery that traditionally accompanies starting pitchers.
But that didn't stop the White Sox from nabbing the Valrico, Fla., native with the 55th overall pick in the MLB Draft. The team isn't pigeonholing him into a relief role, either, given the success the guy who started Friday's major league game on the South Side has had.
"Was Chris Sale a reliever or a starter? There (were) arm action questions. There (were) durability questions," White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann said Friday. "We had a belief that Sale could be a starter. I’m sure a lot of teams in the industry are saying the same thing about this guy.
"He’s a 6-foot right-hander. There’s arm action. But the kid really, really can pitch. We are going to hope that he’s a starter."
Armed with a low-90's fastball and slider, Danish saw considerable success pitching for Durant High School in Florida just east of Tampa. The right-hander didn't allow an earned run in 90-plus innings and struck out 156 with 12 walks, Laumann relayed.
"The performance was just so exemplary that it was almost like there’s something going on with this guy, he’s really, really good," Laumann added.
Danish is committed to play college ball at the University of Florida, although Laumann believes he's a signable player.
Given the risk factor involved, Laumann said the Sox probably wouldn't have gone with Danish five or six years ago. But he said the front office from the top down was all for choosing Danish when the team's second-round pick was up.
"At some point and time, you say to yourself, this kid can flat out pitch," Laumann said. "That’s how we felt about him. We had a lot of discussions about him. We looked at films. We did everything we could possibly do and finally just said we are going to go with it."