Sunday, August 19, 2012

WSC Birth Years: Jordan Danks

Card #115 - Jordan Danks

Born: August 7, 1986

Jordan was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the nineteenth round of the 2005 draft, but did not sign. He was again selected by the Sox in the second round of the 2008 draft. This time, Danks did sign with the ChiSox. It may have helped that his older brother John was already playing for the White Sox at the major league level. Jordan began his career in the White Sox system in 2008, with the Kannapolis Intimidators Class A team, for ten games.

Danks rose through the ranks of the farm system, but seemed to have hit a wall entering the higher levels of the minors. Jordan's defensive skills were fine, but his plate discipline and average took a nosedive. In 2012, his batting skills improved enough to get the call and on June 7, 2012, Danks made his MLB debut against the Toronto Blue Jays as a pinch runner for Paul Konerko in the eighth inning. Jordan's first hit came the next day, when he replaced Dayan Viciedo in left field at the start of the sixth inning against the Houston Astros. On August 10, 2012, Danks hit his first home run, off Pat Neshek of the Oakland Athletics, for a thrilling White Sox winner in the bottom of the ninth.

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