Jordan Danks, OF, Chicago AL
The key with the AFL is too not get too excited with the batting average or how many homers a player hits. Most players are there for extra work, which likely means there is something that they need to improve upon. Danks is a perfect example of that… He was off to an excellent season in ‘09 before fading at double-A in the second half. His raw power does not play well in games, in terms of home run power, and he hit just nine homers this past year in just over 400 at-bats. As a result, his strikeout rate of 26.0% is rather high. Danks has made nice strides in the AFL by striking out just 10 times in 58 at-bats. Even better, he’s walk 12 times. If he can keep that up, it will significantly improve his other numbers, which will then make him a more valuable addition to your fantasy squads.
November 4, 2009
From Mark Gonzales’s ‘Kenny’s off-season plans’ article:
[Jordan] Danks, 22, wasn’t projected to reach the majors until 2011, but his progress in the AFL caused team officials to consider him as no worse than a potential mid-season call-up. Scouts who have seen Danks this fall are impressed with his skills but are curious to see how he’ll adjust to inside pitches. Rick Hahn and Dan Fabian, two of general manager Ken Williams’ most trusted aides, spent last week watching Danks and other Sox players in the AFL. The Sox don’t have to include Danks when 40-man rosters must be finalized on Nov. 20 because Danks has less than four years of professional experience. But he could have played himself into an invitation to major league spring training, as did Gordon Beckham did after an impressive showing in the AFL. …
Gonzales has more on Jermaine Dye, Scott Podsednik, Mark Kotsay, Ramon Castro, Octavio Dotel, and Bobby Jenks.
UPDATE: Peoria lost 8-5:
Jordan Danks: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K .361 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-4, 2 K, 1 DP, .277 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA
The words “job security” and John Danks probably won’t come into play during the length of the left-hander’s tenure on the South Side of Chicago. Not when at the ripe old age of 24, Danks seems to be just beginning to reach his full potential as one of the American League’s elite starters. Nonetheless, Danks enters the 2010 campaign hoping to be contractually beholden for a number of years to the White Sox team giving him this particular chance to shine on the mound. “It would be nice to have the security,” said Danks, who has that security, even if he doesn’t officially possess it in writing. “I’m very excited to sign a multi-year deal.” …