Thursday, June 7, 2012
On this day in 2012, Jordan Danks made his MLB debut in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, in Chicago, pinch running for Paul Konerko.
It's been a long road for Jordan. He was originally drafted in the nineteenth round of the 2005 draft by the Sox, but he elected to go to college instead. The White Sox again drafted Danks in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. This time he signed and started climbing the ranks.
Jordan has been a standout in the last few spring trainings, but never was able to break with the club. The seasoning in the minors and impressive displays in Arizona finally worked, as Danks was called up in place of an injured Kosuke Fukudome. Danks' debut wasn't nearly as impressive as his rise through the organization. He was doubled off of first in an inning ending double play. To Jordan's credit, even the best base runner on the White Sox would have been doubled off in that situation.