Although many of the Sox hitters had productive at-bats today, Jordan Danks out shined them all. Going 3 for 4 with a homer and five RBI, the 26-year-old outfielder single-handedly outscored the opposition.
Danks is currently fighting for one of the last spots left on the White Sox Opening Day roster. While he’s not hitting the cover off the ball this spring and some have already deemed him Triple-A bound, an outing like today is hard to ignore. The left fielder’s bat has looked livelier in camp as well.
I believe Danks is deserving of an Opening Day roster spot. With an outstanding glove and above average speed, he gives manager Robin Ventura some flexiblity in the outfield and on the base paths.
At this point Danks isn’t quite ready to compete for a starting job, and veteran utility man Dewayne Wise is a shoe-in for the fourth outfielder spot. This makes for a cluttered outfield and may leave Danks the odd man out.
Whether he makes the big league team or gets sent down to Triple-A, Danks’ future is bright for the White Sox. His role may be a bench player and pinch runner for now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he joins his big brother John as a South Side star in a few years.