29-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jordan Danks in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jordan Danks Contract Information:
Released by the Rangers in April of 2016.
Danks was released by the Rangers on Monday, Baseball America reports.
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Jordan Danks: MLB Games Played By Position
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jordan Danks.
Danks received two long looks on the major league roster in 2014 thanks to injuries in the outfield, but he did not combat the perception that his ceiling is that of a fourth or fifth outfielder. He exhibited a strong glove in all three outfield spots but showed little of the modest power he has exhibited in recent seasons at Triple-A Charlotte. Claimed off waivers by the Phillies in January, Danks should compete for a reserve outfield spot in spring training, but he could end up back at Triple-A to begin the season since he has one minor league option remaining.
Danks received his largest cup of MLB coffee in 2013, receiving more than 100 plate appearances than he did in 2012. Much of that playing time came in August and September after the Alex Rios trade thinned the White Sox's outfield, and he had a .352 OBP over his 113 at-bats as the team's fourth outfielder. Danks never showed much contact ability in his six minor league seasons, but his glove and underrated speed should be enough to put him in the running for a reserve outfield spot on the 2014 squad.
Danks made his MLB debut in 2012, serving in a reserve capacity over the last four months of the season. He showed plus skills on the basepaths during his minor league career, but he was only given the green light four times in 45 stolen-base opportunities. It would take a few injuries to players ahead of him on the depth chart for him to carve out a more substantial role in 2013, and he will likely compete with Blake Tekotte for one of the final bench spots with the White Sox during spring training.
Danks was supposed to be in the majors by now, but it appears as if his stock is dropping quickly. He hit a career-high 14 home runs in 463 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte in 2011, but he also crossed the 150-strikeout threshold for the second consecutive season and still hasn't cracked the 40-man roster. He could be in the mix for the White Sox's fourth outfielder slot at some point during the regular season, but he'll need to improve his contact rate in order to become an everyday player at the big league level.
Pretty soon the younger Danks won’t just be known as John’s brother. He started the 2009 strong at High-A Winston-Salem (.322/.409/.525) before struggling at Double-A Birmingham (.243/.337/.356 in 73 games). He only had 32 extra-base hits in 402 at-bats between the two levels. However, his strong play in the Arizona Fall League had some in Chicago thinking he could start the season in the White Sox’s vacant right-field spot. Danks will probably have to settle for starting the year at Triple-A Charlotte, but he should finish the season with the big league franchise.
Danks is a 2008 seventh-round draft pick who was a toolsy prospect who was largely a disappointment at the University of Texas. He signed late so it's hard to judge his initial success.