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John Danks | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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John Danks limited the Tigers to one run in 6 1/3 innings in a victory over the Tigers on Monday.
Danks is 4-for-4 turning in quality starts so far, though he's done it with a modest 14 strikeouts (versus 13 walks) in 25 1/3 innings. It's safe to say that the strikeout-to-walk ratio will improve, but his 2.84 ERA will probably worsen anyway. He's a mediocre play in mixed leagues. Apr 21 - 10:46 PM

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John Danks pitched six innings of one-run ball versus the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Danks gave up hits to the first three batters he faced and then not another one for the rest of his outing. In fact, the Red Sox didn't have another hit until the ninth. Danks ended up with a no-decision despite leaving with a two-run lead. He's 3-for-3 in quality starts this season, but he has just one win to show for it.
Apr 17 - 1:45 AM

John Danks picked up a win after allowing three runs in six innings Thursday against the Indians.

Danks no longer possesses the upside to be one of the AL's better lefties, but he's looking pretty solid in his first full year back from shoulder surgery. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out four tonight.
Apr 11 - 12:06 AM

John Danks surrendered three runs in seven innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Royals.

Danks was in line for a loss before the White Sox scored twice to tie the game in the top of the eighth. It would have been his first defeat in 14 career starts against the Royals.
Apr 5 - 5:27 PM

John Danks allowed three runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday's start against the Reds.

Danks allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out five. His Cactus League ERA lowered to 2.96. He finally got his control problems solved, at least for one start. Overall, he has walked nine in 24 1/3 innings.
Mar 26 - 6:21 PM

John Danks was roughed up in Friday's loss to the Cubs, allowing four runs on six hits over his five innings of work.

The 28-year-old lefty fanned a pair without walking a batter on the afternoon. All of the damage came in a four-run fourth inning, highlighted by a three-run blast from Luis Valbuena. Even with the rough day, he still owns a 3.50 ERA on the spring season, but his 8/8 K/BB ratio isn't desirable.
Mar 21 - 8:36 PM

John Danks struggled a bit in Sunday's Cactus League outing against the Rangers, surrendering three runs on seven hits over five frames.

The veteran southpaw walked three and struck out three. He now owns a 2.08 ERA on the spring, but has posted a troubling 6/8 K/BB ratio over 13 innings of work. He'll take the ball every fifth day in the White Sox rotation, but his fantasy upside is limited.
Mar 16 - 10:05 PM

John Danks blanked the Rangers for five innings in Tuesday's start.

Danks allowed four hits and three walks, but was able to dance his way out of danger. The lefty hasn't been much help out of the rotation over the last two seasons due to injuries, but recently expressed satisfaction with his progress in spring training. The White Sox could certainly use a rebound season from Danks in the middle of their rotation.
Mar 11 - 5:46 PM

John Danks was clocked at 90-91 mph during his three scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut Thursday.

It's a tick harder than what he was throwing last season, when his velocity dipped to a career-low 89.3 mph, according to FanGraphs. Danks was also pleased with his cutter, which is his best pitch when he's right. "It’s just strengthening, being able to get my arm where it needs to be and have enough behind [the cutter] to spin it right and make it move,’’ Danks said. "Last year, I had trouble spinning it, and it was backing up on me and getting hit. This year, I’m able to drive the ball where I want, and that was proved by being able to throw it to both sides of the plate with the sharp break on it.’’ Now one and a half years removed from shoulder surgery, Danks is a bounce-back candidate after last season's 4.75 ERA.
Mar 7 - 9:33 AM

John Danks pitched three scoreless innings in Thursday's start against the Mariners.

Danks looked solid in his Cactus League debut, allowing only one hit while walking two and striking out two. The lefty has dealt with shoulder problems in each of the last two seasons and is looking to rediscover the success he had from 2008-10.
Mar 6 - 5:40 PM

John Danks said Saturday that he currently feels great, and is not concerned about his velocity at this point in spring camp.

Once he gets his arm strength back up, the velocity should come with it. More important in his mind, is making sure his cutter is sharp again, as it's a major weapon for him when he's going right.
Feb 22 - 12:58 PM

John Danks declared Saturday that he's healthy and that the ball is coming out of his hand much better than it did a season ago.

The 29-year-old southpaw feels rejuvenated and is locked into a spot in the White Sox starting rotation. For a three-year stretch from 2008-2010 he did own a 3.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 6.95 K/9, so he has displayed the skills before, however with the White Sox anemic offense working behind him his outlook for victories doesn't look good.
Feb 15 - 11:55 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the White Sox "would love to offload" John Danks' contract.

But Passan then notes that they're unlikely to find any takers. Danks posted a 4.75 ERA and 89/27 K/BB ratio in 138 1/3 innings this year for Chicago after returning from left shoulder surgery in late May. He is owed $14.25 million per season through the 2016 campaign. The White Sox are expected to unload a starter -- possibly Chris Sale -- at some point this winter.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 01:02:00 PM

John Danks is expected to be shut down for the rest of the season.

Danks is healthy, but the White Sox would prefer to give him an early start on his offseason. The southpaw made it back from shoulder surgery in late May and ended up posting a 4.75 ERA and 89/27 K/BB ratio over 138 1/3 innings. Perhaps he'll gain more strength in the shoulder in time, but he's off the mixed league radar entering 2014.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 04:56:00 PM

John Danks allowed four runs, including three home runs, over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Danks has now allowed 26 homers through 20 starts this season. The southpaw gave up seven hits and a walk in all, dropping to 4-12 with a 4.45 ERA on the year. His job doesn't get any easier when he faces the Tigers on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Gordon Beckham
2Marcus Semien
3Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Conor Gillaspie
2Jeff Keppinger
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Dayan Viciedo
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Jordan Danks
DH1Adam Dunn
2Paul Konerko
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2John Danks
3Jose Quintana
4Erik Johnson
5Felipe Paulino
6Andre Rienzo
7Charlie Leesman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Matt Lindstrom
2Nate Jones
3Ronald Belisario
4Scott Downs
5Daniel Webb
6Zach Putnam
7Maikel Cleto
8Jacob Petricka