Sox agree to terms with pick Danks
Outfielder is younger brother of Chicago starting pitcher
CHICAGO -- The White Sox and Jordan Danks agreed to terms on a Minor League contract, a source close to the situation confirmed to MLB.com on Thursday, beating Friday's signing deadline by one day.
As a seventh-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, the White Sox just might have picked up a true steal in the 6-foot-5, 210-pound outfielder. The 22-year-old hit .321 with a .444 on-base percentage and .564 slugging percentage for the University of Texas during the 2008 campaign, with seven home runs and 46 RBIs. He also picked up 14 stolen bases in 19 attempts, after stealing 26 bases without being caught during his first two years with the Longhorns.
Danks is the younger brother of John Danks, who has arguably been one of the most consistent starting pitchers in the American League this year, let alone among the White Sox rotation. Although the White Sox would not confirm the agreement and have yet to make a formal announcement, it is believed that Jordan Danks received a signing bonus just over $500,000.
Back in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, the White Sox took Jordan Danks in the 19th round. But Danks elected to play college ball for Texas instead. Danks' signing follows an agreement announced on Wednesday between the team and Gordon Beckham, the eighth pick overall in the 2008 Draft. The White Sox will have all of their top 10 picks under contract with the impending announcement of Danks.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.