White Sox designate Jordan Danks for assignment


Sep 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Jordan Danks (left) avoids the tag of Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki (8) to score a run during the seventh inning in game one of a doubleheader at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

In a move to put recently signed Emilio Bonifacio on the 40-man roster of the Chicago White Sox, the team decided to designate Jordan Danks for assignment.

Here is the official tweet by the White Sox announcing the decision:

The younger brother of White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, Jordan played parts of the past three seasons for the White Sox, either in a reserve role, or starting when players were injured from 2012-14.

Danks has played in 180 games for the White Sox, batting .227 in those games. In ’14, Danks played in 51 games where he batted. 222 with 10 RBIs and two home runs. His on-base percentage was .303 and he also had a slugging percentage of .291.

The move on the 40-man roster does make the White Sox a better overall team, with Bonifacio being a utility player who can play in both the outfield and in the infield, as he’s played a total of six different positions in the majors.

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In their press release on Thursday, the White Sox wrote of Danks:

"“Danks, 28, has appeared in 180 games over three seasons (2012-14) with the White Sox, batting .227 (78-344) with eight home runs, 26 RBI and 41 runs scored. He was selected by Chicago in the seventh round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.”"

With Danks he just never had the consistency in the majors that he has had in his time in the minors.

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Danks with Triple-A Charlotte last season had a .270 batting average in 93 games with 57 RBIs and 16 home runs. Also with Charlotte, Danks had a .355 on-base percentage and .460 slugging percentage in ’14.

The outfielder has been with the White Sox organization in some way since the 2008 season when he began playing for the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators.

It will be interesting to see if Danks ends back up in the White Sox minor league system, or possibly with another franchise as he tries to regain a spot on a MLB roster for the 2015 season.