With just about a week left before the start of the 2013 season, the White Sox continued to cut their roster down on Thursday. Two days after optioning Brent Morel and Deunte Heath to the Knights, the team announced it optioned outfielders Jordan Danks and Blake Tekotte to the Knights.
Let’s take an in-depth look at Danks — a household name at Knights Stadium…
Jordan Danks was sent to the Knights on Thursday and it now looks as if the veteran outfielder will begin his fourth-straight season with the club. The White Sox have a crowded outfield at the Major League level and both Danks and Tekotte became expendable.
Danks, who earned his first promotion to the Majors last season, was on-fire this spring. At the time of his demotion, he was hitting .351 (13-37) with two home runs and nine RBIs in 16 games this spring.
Defensively, Danks is one of the most talented in the game. In 2011, as a member of the Charlotte Knights, he won the MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove Award for his stellar outfield defense.
Last season, the 26-year-old enjoyed a solid offensive season. In 64 games with the Knights, the Texas native posted a .317 mark with eight home runs and 30 RBIs.
Danks will enter the 2013 season among the Knights career leaders in a number of categories. He is second in hits (297), tied for second in triples (10), third in games played (316), tied for third in doubles (68), tied for sixth in RBIs (137), and tied for fourth in walks (142).
Knight Lights… Jordan’s brother John is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder… Danks had the surgery back on Aug. 6… On Tuesday, the White Sox reassigned LHP Daniel Moskos, INF Carlos Sanchez and RHP Zach Stewart to minor-league camp… All three spent time with the Knights last season… The Los Angeles Dodgers released former Knights slugger Dallas McPherson earlier this week… McPherson hit 32 home runs for the Knights over parts of two seasons (2011-12).