The White Sox left Jordan Danks unprotected in December's Rule 5 Draft, meaning they didn't select him for their 40-man roster and he could've been claimed by another team. While it's rare for Rule 5 picks to stick with the team that claims them, that the White Sox not only left him unprotected but that no team selected him is pretty telling about how he's viewed.
Danks' offensive ability has quite a few question marks. Since his promotion to Triple-A in 2010, Danks' strikeout rate has hovered near 30 percent -- meaning he's pretty close to striking out one in every three trips to the plate. While he showed improvement in repeating at Charlotte in 2011, posting a .344 OBP, it's apparent that the hole in his swing many noticed back in 2009 hasn't closed.
But Danks does bring two clear assets to the table: defense and speed. Danks is regarded as a plus defender who can play right and center field. And he's stolen 33 of 43 bases in the last two years, so he's at least somewhat of a speed threat.
That skillset screams fourth outfielder, a perfect guy to replace Dayan Viciedo late in games or pinch-run for Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn when needed. Ideally, Danks would fit into that role for the White Sox.
He doesn't, though, because of the uncertainty of Alex Rios. The White Sox needed somebody who could be more than a fourth outfielder -- they needed somebody who could start.
And that's why Kosuke Fukudome, not Jordan Danks, will be on the White Sox in 2012.
White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Last week, Jose Abreu had a nearly 26,000 vote lead to start the 2018 MLB All-Star game over Red Sox first basemen Mitch Moreland. But now Abreu can take a brief sigh of relief on his quest to Washington.
MLB updated the American League fan ballot standings Tuesday for the Midsummer Classic. The Sox first baseman now has a lead on Moreland by over 138,000 votes.
This an encouraging sign for Abreu and White Sox faithful. Are fans taking notice of Abreu’s production this season?
His numbers this year include a slash line of .283/.338/.500. He also has 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 26 doubles. For his career, Abreu has a .299 average, 135 homers and 451 RBIs in 683 games.
He ranks first among AL first basemen in hits, doubles, RBIs, SLG and OPS. In other major offensive statistics, Abreu ranks near the top 10 for almost all of them.
Abreu is a cornerstone in the White Sox rebuild and if he does indeed start, it could be huge for his confidence and the team.
An All-Star nod this season would also mean a second career appearance in the game. He debuted in his rookie year (2014) as a reserve.
If fans indeed vote Abreu in as a starter, he would be the first position player to start for the White Sox since Frank Thomas did it back-to-back as a first baseman in 1994 and 1995.
There is still time to cast your votes to see Abreu start the Midsummer Classic. The AL will have another updated voting ballot June 26.