Live Chat With MLB Pitcher Tyler Danish
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Tyler Danish
8:23
Good Morning everyone, I appreciate you guys taking some time to send in some questions. Im excited to answer your questions and chat with you guys. Just a little background on me, I was drafted by the White Sox in 2013 and have played with the Mariners and Angels since and currently am a free agent. So send in your questions I'll be on here for an hour or so lets get started!
Duffy
8:23
Hi Tyler! Thanks for doing this! As a free agent at this point in your career, what are you some important factors you’re considering when signing with an organization?
Tyler Danish
8:26
Being a free agent for me what I'm looking for is a team that I believe I could help right away at the big league level. Also a team that understands how I pitch and how my stuff plays and our on the same page as me when it comes to how I want to attack hitters.
Rick y
8:26
Thank you for taking my question.  Speaking from strictly a developmental point of view, do you see any advantage to going pro straight out of high school or does college provide more opportunities?
Tyler Danish
8:29
I've been asked this question a lot about signing out of high school or going to school what's the best choice. For me everyone is different some guys need the extra 3-4 years of college before going pro and some guys are ready for it out of high school. I think for every person its different and I don't think one choice of the other is wrong.
Jon Becker
8:29
Your control dramatically improved from 2019 to 2021; what adjustments did you make to throw more strikes?
Tyler Danish
8:32
So during the Covid season of 2020 I kinda broke my whole delivery down and almost rebuilt it from the ground up. I train at the Florida Baseball armory in Lakeland, Fl with Randy Sullivan. We found some things that were limiting my delivery and direction to the plate. So that whole year we worked on those things and just became really fluent with everything I was doing.
Guest
8:32
Tyler, I have a son just starting out in high school. What would be your best advice for a young player.
Tyler Danish
8:33
Best advice is continue to play as much as you can. Get stronger get faster and learn from mistakes. Learning from mistakes in this game is almost as big as the training side of it all.
Michael
8:33
How did that big league debut feel when you saw Lorenzo Cain step up for the first time, knowing that you had made it at such a young age?
Tyler Danish
8:35
It was a dream come true. I had dreamed of pitching in the big leagues my entire life. But to be completely honest I was extremely nervous and my heart was pounding through my chest but its an experience I will never forget.
CWS
8:35
Tyler! Big man. What were some of your greatest experiences w/ the White Sox?
Tyler Danish
8:36
Being drafted by the White Sox is my first great experience to be drafted by such a great franchise and for them to give me an opportunity to chase my dream. Also making my debut also with the team that drafted me was a very amazing experience.
Edgar
8:36
Thanks for sharing. What do you think of advanced analytics in baseball?
Tyler Danish
8:38
When I was first was drafted and started in the minor leagues analytics was being talked about but no one was really using them. For me personally I think analytics is a great thing for me its helped me understand with my movement and angle of my arm how to approach hitters and where to throw certain pitches based off movement and spin rate. So its a huge tool in the game today.
Caleb
8:38
Thanks for doing this Tyler. What sort of offseason work and preparation did it take to get where you wanted to be?
Tyler Danish
8:41
The off-season is a lot of work that goes into getting stronger for the year coming up to working on things that you need to get better at. So for me I train 5 days a week. During the year you play so many games and the travel that all the work in the offseason is to make sure your body doesn't break down over an entire season.
Baseball Fan
8:41
You was your favorite player growing up?
Tyler Danish
8:42
Derrek Jeter, Randy Johnson, and Chipper Jones
MikeD
8:42
We’ve heard that the formerly named Pacific Coast League is a hitters’ league. Did you notice that and what do your think is the cause(s)?
Tyler Danish
8:43
Ive played on the east coast and the west coast and yes I would say the PCL is hitter friendly for sure. Just cause a lot of the places you play there are all at high elevation which makes the ball travel little further because of the thin air.
Angels
8:44
You're a veteran guy compared to a lot of the players you spent last season in AAA with. What's that clubhouse dynamic like? Are you and guys like Jake Petricka, Anthony Bemboom, Jake Faria etc. all drawn together based on shared experiences? Do you find yourself taking on more of a mentor role for the younger guys even with "only" (I hate to use that word, sorry) some pretty limited MLB experience, because you've still been through the minor league/indie ball grind? Also -- what're your thoughts on Jo Adell and his future? (Long question!!)
Tyler Danish
8:49
Yeah I mean a lot of AAA clubhouses are usually filled with veteran guys that have been around for a little bit. So a lot of the times there's question flying between us all about what to you think on sliders to this guy, or how did you get this guy out. For me I like to soak and take as much in from everyone around me and lots of other guys are the same. I would say I take on a mentor role but if a younger player ever has any questions about anything I will always answer them. I remember coming up that there was a lot of things I didn't know about how the game worked and things you should and shouldn't do not only on the field but in clubhouses and things so I try to make sure that if someone has a question or thought to help them out. Jo Adell is going to be a great player in the big leagues for a very long time. He's an extremely hard work and has some skill sets that you don't see everyday or every year.
docgreedo
8:50
What was the most important thing Don Cooper ever taught you?
Tyler Danish
8:51
Don Cooper taught me a lot when it came to the mindset of pitching and understanding your craft. I was a young kid when I got around Coop and for me to this day I still use a lot of things that he taught me as I was coming up through the White Sox system.
Jorge
8:51
Hey Tyler, could you give an estimate of how many hours a week are strictly baseball during the season? whether its training or game time? Thanks
Tyler Danish
8:53
This is always a fun question to answer because some people don't know or understand how many hours we are at the field. So typically for a 7pm game guys are showing up at the field to get ready for the day to get there lifting, throwing, and any treatment they may need at about 1 o'clock. So I would say a normal day is 10-11 hours.
John
8:53
What has been harder than you expected and what has been easier than you expected in your time in pro ball?
Tyler Danish
8:56
The hardest thing for me that I had to adjust to was the travel, especially in the minor leagues. Sometimes you would play a game and get done at 11 o'clock or something at night and have to travel to the next city and get in that next morning at 6 or 7 am and have to play that night as well. So travel was the biggest thing. The easiest was just playing I mean it sound cheesy but its baseball is something Ive done my entire life.
Jake
8:56
Hey Tyler, I was at your scoreless MLB start in 2017 (I believe it was against Detroit if I remember correctly) and was really impressed with the stuff you were throwing that day. Did that performance give you a sense that you belong in the majors and that you could do well at the highest level?
Tyler Danish
8:58
I think for me yes it gave me a sense of I can pitch at the highest level. For me and from talking to other players your first time up in the big leagues you are trying to find your footing and I know for me after that game I knew I belong and can pitch in the big leagues.
Scooby
8:58
Baseball is the only sport where you can get drafted out of high school. Do you ever wish you took the scholarship instead and went to college before attempting a baseball career?
Tyler Danish
8:59
I wouldn't change a thing from how I chose to sign instead of going to college. Ive enjoyed every step of the way and wouldn't change it for anything.
Just Off
8:59
How do you preparae in an offseason like this one when you don't know when spring training or the season will start?  What do you think of MLB expanding the AAA season?
Tyler Danish
9:00
You train just like every other offseason, Eventually there will be a date and time of when you have to report and you just continue to train til that day comes.
MikeD
9:00
Is there a different mindset or mental adjustment to relieving vs starting, and do you have a preference?
Tyler Danish
9:02
I think starting and relieving are different and similar in their own ways. Starting you know that your expected to pitch deep in to games and are going to have to face the lineup 3-4 times so on the pitching side you might try and set guys up differently knowing you'll have to face them again. Compare to relieving where you are asked to get 3-6 outs so you're throwing your best stuff out there right away not worrying about having to face them again that night. For me I enjoy relieving.
Matt
9:03
Do you think the game still has a place for pitchers with “funky” deliveries?  Or, is the one size, fit all 95-100 mph relief profile here to stay?
Tyler Danish
9:06
I think the game goes through phases with that kinda thing especially now with analytics. So I think veto will always play in this game just of the fact that its hard to hit 100mph fastball. But I've talked to some hitters and a lot of them say they rather face 97mph that's straight rather then 93 with some movement. So I think there a place for both.
Jeff
9:07
Hi Tyler. Could you name two MLB hitters, one active and retired, that you would love to face off with? How would you approach the at-bats?
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