Following an 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, the Chicago White Sox made two roster moves this evening. Outfielders Jordan Danks and Blake Tekotte were optioned to the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate. These cuts bring the South Siders Spring Training roster to 34.
With a crowded outfield, Danks and Tekotte were not expected to make the Sox Opening Day roster. However, both players performed well in camp this spring.
Danks, who’s the little brother of Sox hurler John Danks, was with the White Sox for the majority of the second of half of the 2012 season. Often used as a defensive replacement and pinch runner, the young left fielder has yet to get his chance at playing everyday at the big league level. Although I doubt he’ll get a consistent opportunity to crack the Sox starting lineup this year, I do believe he’ll be a mid-summer call up.
This being his first season with the White Sox, Tekotte came into camp with something to prove. Showing some speed and a decent glove, the center fielder had an impressive spring.Like Danks, Tekotte has had very little MLB experience. Spending his first few years in the league with the San Diego Padres organization, the 25-year-old outfielder has eight hits in his 49 Major League career at-bats. Still a youngster, I wouldn’t expect Tekotte to spend much, if any, time at the big league level in 2013.
With Danks and Tekotte among the Sox promising minor-league outfield prospects, for the first time in years the Pale Hose have a deep farm system. With a few aging stars on their current roster, it’s always reassuring to have a few guys in the minors who you can call upon barring injury or fatigue.