Apr 5, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of a Chicago White Sox players glove and hat before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
ESPN Insider Keith Law released his 2014 Prospects of the Year column, and the Chicago White Sox had one of their own prospects on that list.
In the Insider article, Law wrote of Danish:
"“I don’t like Danish’s delivery at all — it’s a low-slot, slinging delivery that puts a lot of stress on the arm — but he can get into the mid-90s and generates a lot of sink (thanks to that arm slot), which, despite his youth, made him among the best starters in two full-season leagues.”"
In looking at the 2014 season by the 20-year old Danish, his numbers were good. In playing with both the Kannapolis Intimidators (Single-A) and the Winston-Salem Dash (Advanced-A) his combined ERA was 2.08 with an 8-3 record in 25 starts (129.2 innings).
Danish was a second round selection by the White Sox in 2013 out of Durant (Fla.) High School, and has played at three different levels within the White Sox organization.
In two seasons in the Minors, Danish has a 1.92 ERA with a 9-3 record in 159.2 innings pitched.
What I like about just the numbers of Danish is the fact in 2014 he held opponents to a .237 batting average in ’14, especially in his seven starts with the Intimidators where he held the opposition to a .206 average with a WHIP (walks + hits divided by IP) of 1.00. Oh, his ERA with the Intimidators was 0.71.
His WHIP in Advanced-A was 1.20 in 18 starts with a 2.65 ERA.
In the MLB.com Top 20 White Sox prospects, Danish is ranked No. 7 overall, with an ETA to the majors of 2016.
The MLB.com profile of Danish grades his fastball as a 65, along with his slider (50), his changeup (55) and his control at 50. His overall scouting grade is a 50.
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In the MLB.com report of Danish it echos the statements of Law:
"“Scouts aren’t fond of Danish’s mechanics, but they love what comes out of his right arm … Danish gets exceptional sink on his fastball when he works in the low 90s, and his heater still features heavy life when he pushes it to 95 mph.”"
Danish is going to be one of those players that all of us should keep an eye on in the minors in 2015. Who knows where he’ll start the season, maybe he will get a chance to move up to a higher level in the minors.
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