Durant’s Danish named Florida’s Mr. Baseball
Durant High’s Tyler Danish on Monday was named Mr. Baseball by the Florida Dairy Farmers, which goes to the overall top high school baseball player in Florida.
Danish, who just days ago was drafted in the second round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox, becomes the third consecutive player from Hillsborough County to win the award and fifth overall. Alonso’s Jose Fernandez, now pitching for the Florida Marlins, and Lance McCullers from Jesuit who is now pitching in the minor leagues for the Houston Astros, were the 2011 and 2012 recipients, respectively.
Danish was named the Class 8A Player of the Year by Dairy Farmers, making him a finalist for the award. He led the Cougars to a state runner-up finish with a 15-1 record, 156 strikeouts, 16 walks and a perfect 0.00 ERA. He also hit .411 with nine home runs, 27RBIs and a .756 slug percentage.
Not only was Danish the Tribune’s Baseball Player of the Year, but he was also the Male Athlete of the Year.
Danish received 173 voting points, more than 50 higher than runner-up Christian Arroyo, the shortstop from Brooksville Hernando High who was the highest drafted local player in the draft. Arroyo was the 25th overall pick by the San Francisco Giants.