Attended Creighton University. Finished three-year collegiate career with a 2.76 ERA to rank second in school history. Was named Missouri Valley Conference First Team Scholar-Athlete, MVC Second Team, Co-SIDA Academic All-American and MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week in 2011. The grandson of cattle ranchers, Ty was raised in Centennial, Colorado, a suburb of Denver...his father, Randy, is still in the cattle business as CEO of CattleFax, a sort of Bloomberg of commodity markets, providing market information, analyses and research...Ty's mother, Karen, was an elementary school teacher for 30 years, now retired...he has a sister, Haylee, who is seven years younger and a volleyball player at Creighton University. Ty is a devout Catholic...his autograph includes the notation Matthew 6:33. ("But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well'')...an autograph he got from Rockies infielder Terry Shumpert as a kid included the Biblical reference and Ty never forgot...he later contacted Shumpert to let him know how much it meant to him. Ty double-majored in finance and accounting at Creighton, Jesuit school...he left school when he was drafted by the Giants in 2012 at the end of his junior year...he had just one semester left to earn the degree in one of his majors, finance...he completed it in 2013 after his season in San Jose ended, and he graduated with honors in December. Involved with the following organizations: Fantasy Camp for Kids, Never Ever Give Up and Big League Impact.
Finished the season with an 8-12 record and a 4.78 ERA (87er, 163.2ip) in 34 games (24 starts)...Made his first Opening Day roster as the Giants' lone left-hander out of the bullpen... made seven relief appearances, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings pitched (4.76 ERA) before being added to the rotation on April 25 in place of LHP Madison Bumgarner, who was placed on the disabled list...As a starter went 8-12 with a 4.81 ERA (80er, 149.2ip) in 24 starts...Earned the win in four consecutive starts from May 16-June 2, becoming the first Giants' rookie to win four-or-more consecutive starts since Madison Bumgarner (4), July 6-24, 2010 (streaks exclude any relief appearances & are broken by any no decisions) (Stats LLC)...His best stretch of the season was from May 11-June 2, where he pitched at least 7.0 innings and allowed three runs or fewer in five-straight starts, while posting a 4-0 record with a 1.91 ERA (8er, 37.2ip)...Struggled over his last five starts from Aug. 14-Sept. 5, going 0-5 with a 7.90 ERA (24er, 27.1ip) and a .303 opponents average...was moved to the bullpen and made his final three appearances as a reliever...Allowed 0.93 home runs per 9.0 innings over his 34 appearances, which was tied for the seventh-lowest ratio in the National League... after allowing just 10 homers over his first 19 starts, he gave up seven home runs over his last five starts...His 2.36 walks per 9.0 innings ranked as the fifth-lowest figure in the NL...he allowed 30 walks in his last 18 contests (2.72 walks per 9.0ip) after allowing just 13 walks over his first 16 appearances (1.82 walks per 9.0ip)...On June 2 at Philadelphia, he threw his first career complete game shutout...threw 112 pitches while allowing seven hits and issuing no walks in the Giants' 10-0 victory...On Aug. 3 vs. Oakland, he crushed his first career home run, a 416-foot, three-run shot to center field...became just the third Giants rookie pitcher to drive in at least three runs in a game since the team began playing in San Francisco in 1958, joining Jim Duffalo (four in 1961) and Brad Hennessey (three in 2005) (Elias).
Rookie southpaw went 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA (2er, 17.0ip) in four games (two starts) after being called up by San Francisco on Sept. 1...Was recalled from triple-A Sacramento on Sept. 1, marking his first callup to the big leagues...the Aurora, Colorado native made his Major League debut on Sept. 5 at Colorado, tossing 3.0-scoreless innings of relief...On Sept. 25 at San Diego, Blach made his first career start in place of RHP Johnny Cueto, who missed his start with a groin strain...he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in the Giants' 4-3 loss...Made his second career start on Oct. 1 vs. Los Angeles-NL and tossed 8.0-scoreless innings... became just the fourth Giants rookie pitcher to throw 8.0-or-more scoreless innings against the Dodgers in a winning effort...Recorded two hits off Clayton Kershaw on Oct. 1...became just second ML pitcher to record two hits off Kershaw in a game...Compiled a 14-7 record with a 3.43 ERA (62er, 162.2ip) in 26 starts with triple-A Sacramento...His 14 wins were the most in the Pacific Coast League and his 3.43 ERA ranked sixth...Blach also led the PCL in innings pitched (162.2ip), complete games (three) and tied for the lead in shutouts (two)...Was named a Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week two times, a PCL All-Star, and the PCL lefthanded Pitcher of the Year.
Had a superb season on the mound for Class A Advanced San Jose posting a 12-3 record with a 2.79 ERA (42 ER, 130.1 IP) and 117 strikeouts...Won the California League ERA title (2.90 ERA), finished tied for second with 12 wins and had the second-lowest WHIP (1.09)...Walked only 18 batters compared to 117 strikeouts in 130.1 innings pitched...Was named to the California League mid-season and postseason All-Star teams...Was named Best Starting Pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball by MILB.com, based on fans' votes...Along with teammate Mac Williamson, was honored as the San Jose Giants co-Most Valuable Player...Struck out a career-high 11 batters over 8.0-shutout innings against Inland Empire on May 21...he allowed just three singles and issued one walk during his 98-pitch performance, as he at one point retired 20 out of 21 batters...Went 23.2-consecutive innings without issuing a walk from April 25-May 21...Allowed two runs or fewer in nine-consecutive outings from June 8-Aug. 2...Enters the 2014 season rated by Baseball America as the Giants' eighth-best prospect in their minor league system.