Full name is Daniel Aloysius Lynch…resides in Richmond, Va., during the offseason...Graduated from Douglas Freeman High School (VA) in 2015…named a Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American following his senior year...Attended the University of Virginia, going 4-4 with a 3.96 ERA (39 ER in 88.2 IP) and a 105 strikeouts as a junior in 2018...Went 4-0 with a 2.07 ERA (7 ER in 30.1 IP) in six starts for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League.
Opened the year with Wilmington (A+), but missed two months of action with a left forearm strain (June 8-Aug. 13)… made five rehab starts with Surprise (Rookie) and Burlington (Rookie)...In 20 combined starts, went 6-2 with a 2.99 ERA (32 ER in 96.1 IP) and 96 strikeouts (8.97 K/9)...Named a Carolina League midseason All-Star, but did not pitch due to injury...Tabbed Carolina League Pitcher of the Week on May 26, after making three-straight scoreless starts…his 22.0-inning scoreless streak stretched from May 8-25, before allowing a first-inning run to Fayetteville on June 1...Went 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA (6 ER in 31.0 IP), five walks and 28 strikeouts in his five May starts...Fanned a season-high nine hitters in his May 15 outing (7.0 IP) vs. Frederick, earning a 1-0 triumph…also matched that total in just 5.0 innings on Aug. 24 vs. Down East...Suffered a pair of Game 1 setbacks in the Carolina League playoffs, including a 3-1 loss to Fayetteville in the championship series…surrendered two runs on four hits and four walks, with seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings...Named a "Rising Star" in the Arizona Fall League, pitching for Surprise…went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (6 ER in 14.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts (12.21 K/9) in his four starts...Entered the year as the No. 8 prospect according to MLB. com...Tabbed the No. 2 prospect in the Royals' organization according to Baseball America, entering the 2020 season.
Made a combined 12 starts at Burlington and Lexington (A) in his first professional season…went 5-1 with a 1.58 ERA (9 ER in 51.1 IP) and 61 strikeouts, compared to 8 walks (7.63 K/BB)…his ERA and 1.4 BB/9 were both second-best among KC farmhands (min. 50.0 IP)...Named Burlington Pitcher of the Month in June…pitching to a 2.84 ERA (2 ER in 6.1 IP) in his two starts...Started Game 3 win over Lakewood in the South Atlantic League Championship Series, allowing two unearned runs over 4.0 innings.