CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox made eight more selections in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday, but it was the final pick from Thursday night that sparked the most intrigue.
With their second-round selection late Thursday, the White Sox selected right-handed pitcher Tyler Danish out of Durant High School in Plant City, Fla.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander is known for a three-quarter delivery that wreaked havoc on opponents. Danish didn’t allow an earned run in over 90 innings and won 15 games. From a county that has produced pitching talent like Dwight Gooden and Kenny Rogers, Danish was the one to post a 0.00 ERA.
“He’s got kind of an unorthodox delivery and arm action, but I honestly can say that after, this is my 32nd year total, I don’t know that I’ve ever been as intrigued by a player since I’ve been scouting,” director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann said.
Projected by many as an eventual reliever, the White Sox aren’t giving up on the idea that he could end up in a future White Sox rotation.
“Now, sometimes we break down guys and we try to look at arm action, we try to look at size and all this other stuff,” Laumann said. “At some point and time, you say to yourself, this kid can flat out pitch. 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.”
In the third round, the White Sox selected center fielder Jacob May out of Coastal Carolina University. The 5-10, 180-pounder is the grandson of Lee May, who hit 354 home runs in a long major league career, and the son of former first-round pick Lee May Jr.
“The pedigree always helps but ultimately the kid was a very talented, great runner, good athlete, switch hitter, all the things we like to see in those type of athletes,” Laumann said.
Of the White Sox’s eight picks Friday from rounds three to 10, six of them were pitchers.