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John Danks PWhite Sox

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
122.3 4.04 1.30 91 5 9 0 0.8
Birth Date4-15-1985
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age29 years, 6 months, 8 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
4.12010
2.62011
0.12012
-0.62013
1.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2007 CHA 22 26 26 139.0 139.0 0.0 6 13 0 0 8 1 622 160 92 85 28 284 54 50 4 109 5.50 5.61 5.45 8.2 0.8
2008 CHA 23 33 33 195.0 195.0 0.0 12 9 0 0 19 2 804 182 74 72 15 274 57 56 4 159 3.32 3.47 3.94 38.4 4.0
2009 CHA 24 32 32 200.3 200.3 0.0 13 11 0 0 20 1 839 184 89 84 28 309 73 72 5 149 3.77 4.64 5.12 18.5 2.1
2010 CHA 25 32 32 213.0 213.0 0.0 15 11 0 0 21 2 878 189 93 88 18 284 70 68 4 162 3.72 3.67 4.20 36.3 4.1
2011 CHA 26 27 27 170.3 170.3 0.0 8 12 0 0 16 3 728 182 89 82 19 284 46 41 7 135 4.33 3.86 4.21 23.3 2.6
2012 CHA 27 9 9 53.7 53.7 0.0 3 4 0 0 4 1 238 57 35 34 7 93 23 23 1 30 5.70 4.97 5.46 -0.4 0.1
2013 CHA 28 22 22 138.3 138.3 0.0 4 14 0 0 12 0 583 151 81 73 28 265 27 27 4 89 4.75 5.09 5.55 -4.8 -0.6
2014 CHA 29 32 32 193.7 193.7 0.0 11 11 0 0 20 2 855 205 106 102 25 340 74 73 9 129 4.74 4.79 5.05 1.7 0.2
Career2132131303.31303.30.072850012012554713106596201682133424410389624.284.394.76121.213.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2003 SPO A- 5 5 12.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLN A 14 8 49.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .279 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 STO A+ 13 13 55.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BAK A+ 10 10 57.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.592 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FRI AA 18 17 98.3 4.81 76 .284 .271 .335 .421 .258 .348 75 10.6 1.1 10.6 1.1
2006 FRI AA 13 13 69.0 4.43 94 .278 .263 .336 .400 .271 .338 88 10.7 1.1 10.7 1.1
2006 OKL AAA 14 13 70.2 4.34 95 .281 .272 .344 .423 .270 .293 90 6.6 0.7 6.6 0.7
2007 CHA MLB 26 26 139.0 5.45 90 .293 .273 .338 .428 .267 .309 101 8.6 0.8 8.2 0.8
2008 CHA MLB 33 33 195.0 3.94 120 .231 .266 .332 .418 .260 .293 104 37.8 3.8 38.4 4.0
2009 CHA MLB 32 32 200.3 5.12 99 .248 .267 .332 .424 .259 .267 106 19.2 1.9 18.5 2.1
2010 CHA MLB 32 32 213.0 4.20 117 .228 .261 .325 .411 .258 .274 113 35.4 3.7 36.3 4.1
2011 CHA MLB 27 27 170.3 4.21 110 .263 .260 .319 .405 .259 .313 105 23.8 2.5 23.3 2.6
2011 CHR AAA 2 2 9.0 5.68 76 .244 .246 .317 .381 .247 .269 94 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2012 CHA MLB 9 9 53.7 5.46 80 .275 .255 .319 .407 .260 .282 103 -0.2 -0.0 -0.4 0.1
2012 CHR AAA 1 1 4.0 6.26 90 .217 .272 .350 .429 .262 .267 122 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2013 CHA MLB 22 22 138.3 5.55 70 .290 .258 .321 .407 .269 .283 99 -4.8 -0.5 -4.8 -0.6
2013 BIR AA 1 1 7.0 5.18 77 .208 .249 .322 .412 .265 .174 99 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2013 CHR AAA 3 3 15.7 6.18 65 .290 .246 .318 .381 .245 .286 101 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2014 CHA MLB 32 32 193.7 5.05 82 .286 .252 .314 .388 .261 .291 104 2.0 0.2 1.7 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2003 SPO A- 0 2 0 5 5 12.7 12 7 13 0 0% .343 8.5 5.0 0.0 9.2 1.50 8.50 0.0 0.0
2004 STO A+ 1 4 0 13 13 55.0 62 26 48 5 0% .345 10.1 4.3 0.8 7.9 1.60 5.24 0.0 0.0
2004 CLN A 3 2 0 14 8 49.7 38 14 64 4 0% .279 6.9 2.5 0.7 11.6 1.05 2.17 0.0 0.0
2005 BAK A+ 3 3 0 10 10 57.7 50 16 53 5 0% -.592 7.8 2.5 0.8 8.3 1.14 2.50 0.0 0.0
2005 FRI AA 4 10 0 18 17 98.3 117 34 85 12 47% .348 10.7 3.1 1.1 7.8 1.54 5.49 10.6 1.1
2006 OKL AAA 4 5 0 14 13 70.2 67 34 72 11 39% .293 8.6 4.4 1.4 9.2 1.44 4.36 6.6 0.7
2006 FRI AA 5 4 0 13 13 69.0 74 22 82 11 37% .338 9.7 2.9 1.4 10.7 1.39 4.17 10.7 1.1
2007 CHA MLB 6 13 0 26 26 139.0 160 54 109 28 38% .309 10.4 3.5 1.8 7.1 1.54 5.50 8.2 0.8
2008 CHA MLB 12 9 0 33 33 195.0 182 57 159 15 44% .293 8.4 2.6 0.7 7.3 1.23 3.32 38.4 4.0
2009 CHA MLB 13 11 0 32 32 200.3 184 73 149 28 46% .267 8.3 3.3 1.3 6.7 1.28 3.77 18.5 2.1
2010 CHA MLB 15 11 0 32 32 213.0 189 70 162 18 46% .274 8.0 3.0 0.8 6.8 1.22 3.72 36.3 4.1
2011 CHR AAA 1 0 0 2 2 9.0 9 2 6 2 39% .269 9.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 1.22 2.00 -0.4 -0.0
2011 CHA MLB 8 12 0 27 27 170.3 182 46 135 19 46% .313 9.6 2.4 1.0 7.1 1.34 4.33 23.3 2.6
2012 CHA MLB 3 4 0 9 9 53.7 57 23 30 7 46% .282 9.6 3.9 1.2 5.0 1.49 5.70 -0.4 0.1
2012 CHR AAA 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 4 1 1 0 53% .267 9.0 2.2 0.0 2.2 1.25 2.25 0.1 0.0
2013 BIR AA 1 0 0 1 1 7.0 5 1 1 1 50% .174 6.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.86 2.57 -0.4 -0.0
2013 CHR AAA 1 0 0 3 3 15.7 13 12 14 1 49% .286 7.5 6.9 0.6 8.0 1.60 3.45 -1.5 -0.2
2013 CHA MLB 4 14 0 22 22 138.3 151 27 89 28 42% .283 9.8 1.8 1.8 5.8 1.29 4.75 -4.8 -0.6
2014 CHA MLB 11 11 0 32 32 193.7 205 74 129 25 44% .291 9.5 3.4 1.2 6.0 1.44 4.74 1.7 0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 3064 0.5486 0.4909 0.7746 0.6520 0.2950 0.8175 0.6593 0.2241
2009 3183 0.5225 0.4546 0.7941 0.6236 0.2697 0.8390 0.6805 0.2032
2010 3372 0.5264 0.4763 0.8107 0.6546 0.2780 0.8546 0.6959 0.1887
2011 2712 0.5431 0.5007 0.8100 0.6640 0.3067 0.8712 0.6526 0.1900
2012 830 0.5301 0.4530 0.8431 0.6477 0.2333 0.8737 0.7473 0.1569
2013 2202 0.5141 0.4884 0.8177 0.6608 0.3056 0.8650 0.7095 0.1823
2014 3292 0.5012 0.4500 0.8182 0.6242 0.2741 0.8883 0.6578 0.1811
Career186550.52610.47430.80540.64530.28410.85630.67810.1937

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-03-22 2013-05-24 15-DL 63 45 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2012-05-20 2012-10-04 60-DL 137 121 Left Shoulder Surgery Repair Capsule Tear and Rotator Cuff and Biceps Tendon Debridement 2012-08-06 -
2011-06-26 2011-07-20 15-DL 24 19 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2011-06-19 2011-06-25 DTD 6 5 Head Contusion Batted Ball -
2011-04-02 2011-04-02 DTD 0 0 Face Soreness Dental -
2009-07-18 2009-07-27 DTD 9 10 Left Fingers Circulatory Issue Index Finger -
2006-05-16 2006-05-27 Minors 11 0 Left Forearm Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHA $15,750,000
2015 CHA $15,750,000
2014 CHA $15,750,000
2013 CHA $15,750,000
2012 CHA $2,000,000
2011 CHA $6,000,000
2010 CHA $3,450,000
2009 CHA $520,000
2008 CHA $400,000
2007 CHA $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$28,500,000
2011Current$15,750,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$44,250,000
2 yrFuture$31,500,000
10 yrTotal$75,750,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 0 dCAA (Jeff Berry)5 years/$65M (2012-16)

Details
  • 5 years/$65M (2012-16). Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 12/23/11 (avoided arbitration). $7.5M signing bonus (paid between 6/12 and 10/12). 12:$0.5M, 13:$14.25M, 14:$14.25M, 15:$14.25M, 16:$14.25M. Full no-trade protection for 2012. May block trades to six clubs annually for 2013-16.
  • 1 year/$6M (2011). Re-signed 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.45M (2010) Re-signed 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.52M (2009). Re-signed 2/24/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2008). Re-signed 2/27/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Signed 3/07. Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 4/07.
  • Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Texas 12/06.
  • Drafted by Texas 2003 (1-9) (Round Rock HS, Texas). $2.1M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 9.2 7.9 0 26 26 166.4 143 42 122 18 .256 1.11 3.11 3.38 29.7 3.0
80o 9 8.3 0 26 26 160.1 145 43 117 19 .266 1.17 3.43 3.73 23.2 2.4
70o 8.8 8.7 0 26 26 155.5 146 43 114 19 .274 1.22 3.67 3.99 18.4 1.9
60o 8.6 9 0 26 26 151.7 148 44 111 19 .280 1.26 3.88 4.21 14.5 1.5
50o 8.4 9.2 0 26 26 148.2 149 44 109 19 .286 1.30 4.07 4.43 10.7 1.1
40o 8.2 9.5 0 26 26 144.7 150 44 106 19 .293 1.34 4.27 4.64 7.2 0.7
30o 8 9.8 0 26 26 141.0 151 45 103 19 .299 1.38 4.48 4.87 3.3 0.3
20o 7.8 10.2 0 26 26 136.8 152 45 100 19 .307 1.44 4.73 5.14 -1.0 -0.1
10o 7.5 10.7 0 26 26 131.0 153 45 96 20 .318 1.51 5.08 5.52 -6.9 -0.7
Weighted Mean8.49.202626148.21484410919.2851.294.054.4111.11.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
26% 43% 20% 11% 92%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201530101103030190199551472644.2981.334.374.759.42.67.01.20.5
20163191002828171179491302444.2971.344.384.769.42.66.91.30.5
20173281002626157170431122344.2991.364.615.019.82.56.41.30.1
201833790242414015339992144.3011.374.725.139.92.56.41.4-0.1
201934780212112513436941944.2981.364.584.989.62.66.81.40.1
202035670181810811532811644.2971.374.584.989.62.76.81.30.1
2021365501515879425631344.2971.374.605.009.82.66.51.40.0
2022375501414859224591344.2961.374.675.089.82.66.31.4-0.0
2023384401111667320471044.3001.404.815.239.92.76.41.4-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
48.942.635.829.928.923.7186.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 87)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Anibal Sanchez 2013 2.77
2 92 Edwin Jackson 2013 5.65
3 92 Jason Hammel 2012 3.66
4 92 Joe Blanton 2010 5.33
5 91 Steve Rogers 1979 3.51
6 91 Jack McDowell 1995 4.38
7 91 Paul Maholm 2011 3.99
8 90 Curt Schilling 1996 3.39
9 90 Ben McDonald 1997 4.60
10 90 Don Sutton 1974 3.62
11 90 Gavin Floyd 2012 4.50
12 90 Kevin Correia 2010 5.52
13 89 Jon Matlack 1979 4.55
14 89 Johnny Antonelli 1959 3.41
15 89 John Lackey 2008 3.91
16 89 Brian Bannister 2010 6.49
17 88 Burt Hooton 1979 3.61
18 88 Joe Horlen 1967 2.30
19 88 Kevin Millwood 2004 5.17
20 88 Bob Rush 1955 3.54
21 88 Kyle Lohse 2008 3.96
22 88 Cole Hamels 2013 3.80
23 88 Vida Blue 1979 5.43
24 88 Mark Gubicza 1992 3.80
25 88 Don Newcombe 1955 3.97
26 88 Jimmy Key 1990 4.60
27 88 Mark Mulder 2007 13.91
28 88 Matt Morris 2004 5.12
29 88 Joe Kennedy 2008 0.00 DNP
30 87 Jason Jennings 2008 8.89
31 87 Jose Rijo 1994 3.81
32 87 Frank Sullivan 1959 4.31
33 87 Frank Viola 1989 3.97
34 87 Bert Blyleven 1980 4.24
35 87 Dave Goltz 1978 2.94
36 87 John Smoltz 1996 3.30
37 87 Andy Messersmith 1975 2.57 DNP
38 87 Billy O'Dell 1962 4.04 DNP
39 87 Clayton Richard 2013 7.52
40 87 Chris Bosio 1992 3.89
41 87 Gary Peters 1966 2.37
42 86 Matt Garza 2013 4.23
43 86 Juan Marichal 1967 3.51
44 86 Pat Hentgen 1998 5.52
45 86 Bartolo Colon 2002 3.28
46 86 Jeff Francis 2010 5.26
47 86 John Maine 2010 6.58
48 85 Larry Jackson 1960 3.89
49 85 Dave Bush 2009 6.61
50 85 Orel Hershiser 1988 2.46
51 85 Dean Chance 1970 4.70
52 85 Josh Beckett 2009 4.20
53 85 Luke Hochevar 2013 1.92
54 85 Dock Ellis 1974 3.62
55 85 Jon Garland 2009 4.68
56 85 Mike Boddicker 1987 4.54
57 85 Mel Parnell 1951 4.03
58 85 Charles Nagy 1996 3.61
59 85 Alejandro Pena 1988 2.77
60 85 Jack Morris 1984 4.04
61 85 Sergio Mitre 2010 3.83
62 85 Jim O'Toole 1966 4.12
63 84 Bob Ojeda 1987 4.47
64 84 Gaylord Perry 1968 2.88
65 84 Vicente Padilla 2007 6.58
66 84 Jack Sanford 1958 4.93
67 84 Ned Garver 1955 4.49
68 84 Jerry Koosman 1972 4.47
69 84 Kelly Downs 1990 3.71
70 84 Brad Penny 2007 3.25
71 84 Don Wilson 1974 3.52
72 84 Kevin Appier 1997 3.67
73 84 Roy Oswalt 2007 3.40
74 84 Shawn Hill 2010 3.48
75 84 Tom Sturdivant 1959 5.66
76 84 Fritz Peterson 1971 3.48
77 84 Francisco Cordova 2001 0.00 DNP
78 84 Steve Busby 1979 4.29
79 84 Zack Greinke 2013 2.74
80 84 Tom Gorzelanny 2012 3.38
81 84 Bob Friend 1960 3.17
82 84 Ted Higuera 1987 4.13
83 84 Erik Bedard 2008 4.22
84 84 Jered Weaver 2012 3.01
85 84 Tim Belcher 1991 3.27
86 84 Juan Pizarro 1966 4.97
87 84 Bret Saberhagen 1993 3.55
88 83 Micah Owings 2012 3.72
89 83 Bud Black 1986 3.57
90 83 Mark Buehrle 2008 4.36
91 83 Bill Hands 1969 3.06
92 83 Jason Vargas 2012 3.85
93 83 Odalis Perez 2007 5.83
94 83 Frank Lary 1959 4.36
95 83 Brad Radke 2002 4.87
96 83 Rick Reuschel 1978 3.60
97 83 Andy Pettitte 2001 4.57
98 83 Dan Haren 2010 4.21
99 83 Daniel Cabrera 2010 0.00 DNP
100 83 Doug Drabek 1992 2.95

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .287 .331 .459 .277
11 vs R (Multi) .263 .311 .450 .266
18 Split (Multi) .024 .020 .010 .011
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .293 .331 .500 .290
31 vs R (2013) .270 .306 .480 .271
38 Split (2013) .023 .026 .020 .019
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Opening Day starter Danks was among the best-paid players on Chicago’s roster and—with Buehrle's departure—could've been considered the team's most indispensable player entering 2012. Yet his season was quickly brushed aside. Struggles in spring training continued into the season before he finally admitted to shoulder pain, which eventually led to surgery to repair multiple maladies. Last season proved that the team can compete without him, but he's expected to be ready for the start of this season. Perhaps in 2013 both Danks and the White Sox can be significant.
2012 Last year Danks didn’t take that big step forward some expected, stumbling out of the gate and losing his first eight decisions before regaining some traction en route to an 8-12 record. Win-loss records aren’t particularly eloquent, however, and under the hood Danks was the same solid starter he’s been since joining the White Sox rotation. His walk and strikeout rates actually improved a bit, but as a fly-ball pitcher in The Cell home runs can be an issue, and Danks suffered more than most at the hands of an outfield filled with George Romero film extras. He throws his low-90s fastball less than half the time, working off his cutter and changeup and relying more on command than pure stuff. In other words, if Danks is your ace that means you don’t have one, but as a healthy and valuable second starter in the prime of his career, the Sox likely won’t regret his new five-year, $65 million extension.
2011 Danks has managed roughly equivalent seasons the last two years in terms of gross-scale outcomes, with nearly identical support-neutral marks (.552 followed by .548), but his walk and strikeout rates improved as he took on a larger workload. He's on the cusp of better things if he can keep whittling down opponents' power production, after getting it down to a .118 ISO allowed last year. Throw in his picking up Buehrle's gift for killing the running game (matching him with a 6-for-12 figure in stolen-base attempts), and you've got a young and improving power lefty. If he ever escaped the Cell, he'd blossom even more quickly, but as a fly-ball pitcher, he's always going to have to work with that particular problem.
2010 Danks's numbers from 2008 to 2009 weren't markedly different, other than a home-run rate that suddenly doubled thanks to his giving up 12 big flies in his last eight starts. Danks doesn't turn 25 until a couple of weeks into the 2010 season, and he's still more of an unbridled stallion as opposed to a thoroughbred. He's usually good, but when he's bad, he's very bad, getting clocked for five or more runs six times. He might still be three to five years away from his best season.
2009 Kenny Williams said he wouldn’t trade Brandon McCarthy unless he was blown away by an offer, but when the Rangers offered Danks, a former first-round pick, he jumped. McCarthy has since struggled in Texas, while Danks has emerged as one of the games’ better young pitchers. After going 7-4 with a 2.67 in the first half last year, Danks struggled a bit after the break, but with the Sox chasing the division title in 2008, he held the opposition scoreless in three of his last four starts, including eight innings of two-hit ball in Chicago’s 1-0 victory over the Twins in the tiebreaker. In his next turn, he pitched the Sox to their only ALDS victory against the Rays. Danks's improvement from his rookie season was striking: he cut his walk rate by nearly one free pass per nine innings, upped his strikeout rate slightly, got his ground balls to outnumber his fly balls, and reduced his home-run rate by nearly two-thirds. Danks simply became a better pitcher, and given his good velocity, great curve, and mentors such as pitching coach Don Cooper and fellow southpaw Buehrle, he should continue to mature as he enters his mid-twenties.
2008 Some see Danks as a rookie who started off hot but later melted down. The reality is that he just went from nearly mediocre to bad. Danks gives in far too easily on hitter's counts and major league hitters learned to wait him out to get their pitch. He does have a good four-pitch assortment and better velocity than most lefties, but none of his offerings are dominant out-pitches, and he falls apart with men on base. Still very young, he's a work in progress the Sox need to polish up to see if they've got a diamond in the rough, or another lump of coal for Charlie Brown's collection.
2007 The ninth player taken in the 2003 draft, Danks was shipped Chicago-ward in exchange for Brandon McCarthy, breaking up the DVD trio of prospects and leaving the Rangers with VD. Danks might not be able to fill McCarthy`s shoes right away, but the White Sox believe he`ll be the better pitcher in the long run. He has above-average velocity for a lefthander, but his curveball is his best offering. He also has an annoying habit of needing more time than most to adjust to a new level, so expect some early adjustment blues when he gets the call.
2006 The first of "DVD," the Rangers` trio of top pitching prospects: Danks, Edison Volquez, and Thomas Diamond. Danks plays the part of the tall southpaw with the low-90s fastball and devastating curve. You may remember him from such films as "No Free Passes Today," and "Coach Said I Can`t Throw My Curve Because I Need a Changeup." If everything breaks right for the Rangers, Danks will join Diamond and Volquez in the big league rotation sometime in 2007. Or he could go direct to video--for every blockbuster there are ten busts, so odds are that only one of them will have a fruitful major league career. Which one? There`s no way to tell, not yet.
2005 Well, the inevitable comparisons to Josh Beckett and Todd Van Poppel have already begun, and Danks has shown a little of both. He's got the arm and the stuff, and he dazzled the hitters in low-A, before getting whacked around a bit in the California League. The Rangers will keep an eye on his workload, and give him a chance to work with their best coaches. The numbers are more promising than not, but he's got a long way to go in terms of development and avoiding injury.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any interest in Adam Dunn or John Danks? If so, will the White Sox make a move? They did part with Gordon Beckham for next to nothing.
(Nick from Chicago)
I was surprised Dunn didn't get moved to a team wanting a bat off the bench or DH. I suppose he's not the easiest player to fit onto a roster. As for Danks, he was reportedly pursued by a few teams. I think his contract situation probably caused any potential deal to be benched until the winter. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Bret, Tyler Skaggs gets a lot of ink as an AL SP sleeper. Who else do you think could surprise people out of John Danks, Carrasco, Straily, Keuchel, Hutchinson, etc.? thanks!
(Spencer from London Ontario)
Does Straily count as a sleeper? I think he's very underrated and would make for a very strong pick in AL-only formats. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)I'm trying to rank these final AL Only keepers. How would you rank them? John Danks ($1), Straily ($7), Ventura ($8), Ubaldo ($5)... thanks!
(conjoinedtwins from Toronto)
I'd go Straily, Ventura, Ubaldo, Danks. Want to believe in Danks, but I'm cautious. (Bret Sayre)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I'm going for it in our AL only keeper league. Is it time to jettison Straily for help right now? If so how would you order Pettitte, Danks, and JSaunders? Also, is MSaunders a big donwgrade from Colby Rasmus? Thanks very much!
(conjoinedtwins from Orillia ON)
Hi to you both.

Flags fly forever. If Dan Straily can improve your team this year, do it.

Of those three pitchers, you have them in the right order. Andy Pettitte's ERA is high, but his peripheral numbers show a better pitcher lurking in there. John Danks has been OK, but I still have some concerns about how he'll hold up and he is a weaker play against stronger teams. Even in AL-only, Joe Saunders is an at-home play only. He's poison to your chances of winning if you start him on the road.

I wouldn't exactly call Michael Saunders a big downgrade from Colby Rasmus, but he is a downgrade. As Bret Sayre talked about on a recent Towers of Power fantasy podcast, Rasmus' batting average is fueled by a strong BABIP, and his BA isn't even THAT good. You're losing BA/runs/RBI with Saunders, but some of that is luck-dependent. I prefer Rasmus, but if you can improve your team elsewhere, Saunders is an acceptable replacement and isn't a zero. Good luck. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I'd love some help prioritizing some available Al SPs for the rest of the year: Phil Hughes, Alexi Ogando, John Danks, Dan Straily, RHernandez, and Erik Bedard. Thanks!!!!!
(Frank Finley from Jasper)
Heya Frank.

Think I'll go Ogando, Straily, Bedard, Danks, Roberto Hernandez and Phil Hughes. With a group like this, you're looking for upside and Ogando and Straily probably have the most upside of the group. Bedard has some upside but runs into problems with high pitch counts; if you're in a wins league, that's a problem. Danks is meh even for onlies, and I'm not a fan of Hernandez or Hughes. Both are risks even in only. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What player do you think I should pickup in my fantasy league that is severely undervalued right now?
(Joey from Erie)
I was really high on Cespedes before the HRD, but that got ruined. Definitely still get him if possible, but that HRD raised his profile. I think Miguel Montero and John Danks are going to have big second halves. (Paul Sporer)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)You said that you like John Danks ROS. In my 16 tm h2h league I offered Matt Joyce for John Danks straight up, and am waiting for a response. Is this enough to snag him you think? Is Danks worth my "flier guys" like Josh Rutledge, Carlos Quentin, or Ichiro? Is Joyce more valuable than any of the above mentioned bench guys? Thanks
(George from SD)
It should be. I'd rather deal Rutledge or Ichiro for him, but that might not be enough. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does John Danks have any value? Picked him up as part of trade (he was a throw in). In a H2H league and lack pitching (poor drafting).
(Ron from Fairport NY)
I was bummed by today's crapfest, but I do like him a little as the season wears on. (Paul Sporer)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that John Danks is being paid can he be an ace for the Sox? (or my fantasy team)?
(Chad from Bloomington, IL)
Neither, sorry. He's a good pitcher, but not a great one. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In your opinion - would the Yankees be willing to deal any of their top 4 prospects, Montero, Sanchez, Betances, or Banuelos for John Danks? Kenny Williams is adamant that he gets two of those 4. Is he wasting his time?
(MT from Chicago)
I wouldn't part with two prospects from that group, but I'd be willing to listen to offers that included one if the return was Danks. The Yankees need pitching and they have the pieces necessary to make that deal. (Jason Parks)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please tell me that John Danks is not really this bad and that I should hold on to him? Or set me straight and tell me I should drop him like my high school girlfriend did me after prom?
(Mike from Chicago)
I feel your pain. I had to suffer the 9 ER day in Tout Wars last week. He's not as bad as the ERA suggests, but he hasn't been as good as in the past either. I'm playing him against Seattle this week, but I may bench him against very good opponents for the immediate future, at least until we see him turn in a couple good starts. (Derek Carty)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina, let me ask what may become an annual question- who do you think will be this year's breakout pitchers (aside from Latos). When I first asked you this question in person years ago you said you really liked a young stud named Danny Haren (worked out nice) and last year you said Anderson and Romero (not bad). For 2011...? Thanks, Dan
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
I don't have any special Kreskin-like abilities... I guess I see those sorts of expectations as eminently reasonable and predictable. This year, if I had to say "he's turning the corner," I'd peg John Danks, Colby Lewis, and Wandy Rodriguez as people who will surpass expectations. (Christina Kahrl)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to watch this season? Who ya rootin' for?
(Goo Goo the Cat from Prowlin' Around, PA)
Rooting for? Well, I suppose I'm no supposed to root for players, but c'mon, how can you help it? I'm hoping to see John Danks bust out and get the sort of attention he deserves, and for Gordon Beckham to put everything together and be the star we thought he'd be. I want to see Wandy Rodriguez deliver that back half over a full season. I'm looking forward to seeing Carlos Zambrano get back to being in the news for his pitching. I'm wondering if Andy LaRoche puts up more WARP than any other NRI in anybody's camp if he can win the A's job at third base. I want to see Jim Thome's 600th career home run in person. I want to enjoy a full season of Starlin Castro at shortstop, having had to spend too much time away from Chicago last summer. I want to see what Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison do for the Fish, since that's about as entertaining a tandem of hitting prospects of similar vintage on any team anywhere. That's a few, but there are more. (Christina Kahrl)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)A BP writer with a pixie in every port? Who knew. Ignore *if* it would happen, would John Danks for Montero and Nova be a win-win trade that would make sense? Or is Montero's ability to catch too big of a question mark? (And how bad could his defense possibly be as compared to AJ?)
(DunnDunnDunnDunn from Chicago)
Not EVERY port. That's Marc Normandin. Even were I not married, I just didn't have that level of skill. I courted women like Derek Jeter goes after a grounder to his left. My missus and I were so perfectly compatible that, to continue this metaphor, she was hit right at me. Announcers never say "in his tracks" anymore when a player makes a catch on a ball hit right at them, do they? I caught my wife in my tracks. If not, I would probably be doing this same chat, but saying, "Hey, while I'm answering the next question, any of you out there actual chicks? Do you KNOW any? Would you be willing to introduce me?" It would be kind of pathetic, wouldn't it?

Were I the Yankees, I would make that deal, throwing out a great-hitting but positionless prospect along with a seeming fifth starter/middle guy for a 26-year-old lefty with a 3.67 ERA away from the Cell who is also two years away from free agency. It's a bad risk for the White Sox for all kinds of reasons -- if Montero can't catch, he's blocked at first base and DH, and so you've acquired a player you can't use at the risk of blowing a huge hole in your rotation. I don't see the White Sox going there. (Steven Goldman)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)How often do we ever see a pitcher 'work on a new pitch' in spring training and see it actually pay off long term? I am thinking of Mike Pelfrey, who seems to be missing a lot of bats with his split-change this year. If he can get the K rate to around 7 per 9, he is a completely different pitcher.
(J.P. from Hartford)
In Chicago most White Sox pitchers are taught cutters, which helped turn Gavin Floyd and John Danks into legitimate front-mid rotation hurlers. That seems to be more organizational philosophy than, say, Cole Hamels working to learn a cutter this off-season. In St. Louis, Dave Duncan works his magic with sequencing and location moreso than new pitches, but to the same effect. I agree that we don't hear about true success stories with these newer pitches as much as the failures, but Big Pelf wouldn't be alone if his split-change remains effective. (Eric Seidman)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Tigers don't have the best 1/2/3 in their own division; Peavy, Floyd, and Danks are better than that.
(Kenny Williams from US Cellular Field)
Yeah, that overrates Peavy by a lot. It's pretty close there...John Danks is a very good pitcher. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)John Danks hasn't had the same workload that Cain, Hernandez etc... have had. Is he still a major risk this year?
(AE from Fitchburg)
Yes, but "major risk" is overselling it a bit. (Will Carroll)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which AL starters do you think can consistently be among the best in terms of pitching the most innings and allowing the fewest runs over the next three years (other than Halladay and Sabathia)?
(DS from Monterey Park, CA)
I guess I like rolling the dice after all, but I think Jon Lester, John Danks, and King Felix are all ready to settle in and start doing better and better things. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Normandin, Tough keeper league decision, need your help. In a standard 6x6 rotisserie league, we are able to keep 5 (no time limit). I need to eliminate one from the following 6: Sizemore, Hanley, Wright, Johan, Teixeira and Utley. Thanks!
(havens from Bristol, CT)
Based on the keeper selections you have, I don't think you need much help to beat your leaguemates. That being said, if you could deal one of them (maybe Santana?) I would do it. Trade him to a team who needs more help with their keepers than you do. If trading isn't an option, well, I would need to know what kind of players are still going to be available at those positions in order to give you a proper response.

I also subscribe to the theory that you can fix your pitching midseason because of people who tweak their mechanics or all of a sudden "get it" (think John Danks here) so having a lineup capable of bludgeoning your opponents all year long is my kind of thing. (Marc Normandin)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you view John Danks from the keeper perspective? Is this the year we always knew he had in him or can we expect a dropoff next year? Or are those two not mutually exclusive?
(Sully from Los Angeles, CA)
I don't think he'll be busting out 2.67 ERAs left and right, but he's definitely ace material when he keeps the ball in the park. Adding that cutter to his repertoire just made him really tough to beat, and he keeps the ball on the ground enough that he's tough to beat in homer-friendly Chicago. He's probably not top tier since he doesn't strike out enough hitters relative to other options, but he's getting pretty close. (Marc Normandin)
2008-06-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)John Danks is having a really nice year for the White Sox, what is his ceiling? Number 2 starter,maybe a 1-2?
(Chris from Chicago)
Well, he's pitched like a #2 this year so by definition I don't think his ceiling could be any *lower* than that. PECOTA thinks his ceiling is basically Frank Viola, whom I would classify as a #1. (Nate Silver)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Indians and Tigers playoff chances going forward? The Sox are anywhere from 55-70 percent favorites from the 3 BP odds reports. That sounds accurate to you?
(colintj from a2)
Given where those three teams are right now and the underlying causes for how they got there, I think that sounds about right. Cleveland has lost Jake Westbrook for the season, they've lost Victor Martinez for awhile, Travis Hafner has joined the ranks of the undead, and Rafael Betancourt is looking pretty clammy and monosyllabic as well. Detroit is out Bonderman already, the rest of their rotation is a mess, we don't know how well their bullpen can hold up, and they have to dig their way out of a sizeable hole. Meanwhile in Chicago we've seen guys like Carlos Quentin, Alexei Ramirez, Gavin Floyd, and John Danks start to deliver on their promise even as the offense in general has underachieved. The Sox lead isn't insurmountable but given the run differentials and the injury situations I'd place my nickel on them. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the White Sox still just a 70 something win team? Or will they confound you guys like they did in "05?
(petergill from Los Angeles)
Well, we had them at 77 or 78 wins. I think the Carlos Quentin breakout is largely real, and likewise with John Danks. But Gavin Floyd is walking on water to have maintained a 2.93 ERA in spite of a 25:27 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Give them 3-4 extra wins apiece for Quentin and Danks and you're talking about what's probably an 84-win club. It's not that hard for an 84-win club to make the playoffs with a little luck. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)re: "sad panda" .... is that a South Park reference? :-) OK ... I need to dump Gil Meche, do I pick up John Danks or Jair Jurrjens? Kyle Lohse isn't for real is he?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Pick up Danks and Jurrjens. Extended exposure to Lohse can severely damage your judgment, even if I was forced to grab him during the playoffs last year. That's a dark time in my life I'd rather not discuss. (Marc Normandin)
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)White Sox: Fluke or for real?
(Izzy from DC)
I'm not a huge believer in the White Sox, but it's clear that at least in the early going, two things are going very right. First, you've got the bouncebacks from Joe Crede and Carlos Quentin that have helped resurrect that offense while marginalizing some rather unproductive players. Second, them Gavin Floyd and John Danks appearing to have finally put it together. These were well-regarded pitching prospects who've taken a long time to live up to their billing, but with a good coach like Don Cooper it shouldn't be terribly surprising to see them make the kind of nonlinear jumps that pitchers do when they finally Get It Together. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should Oakland sign Bonds and make a play for the division title? Considering how flawed the AL West is currently (with the rash of pitching injuries).
(tonipeluso from Oakland, CA)
Getting shut out by John Danks for 7.2 innings is usually a sign from God that your offense needs some help. With the A's, though, I think a big factor is whether they expect Rich Harden to come back soon and stay (relatively) healthy. It's not like you should be banking on Rich Harden staying healthy for any length of time -- but any scenario where the A's do back into the playoffs, I think that has to coincide with Harden making 26 starts for them. (Nate Silver)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Back of the rotation guys for this year John Danks, Micah Owings, or Dontrelle Willis? How about in the future? Possible keeper worthy?
(jake1m from Gold Country, CA)
Wow, that's downright Pollock-like in its spread. I'm with the school of thought that Willis will profit from getting out from behind a lousy Marlins defense. I really, really like what Owings could turn into, but part of that is an understandable fascination with the man's hitting. (Christina Kahrl)


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John Danks has thrown 20,233 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph) and Change (81mph), also mixing in a Cutter (85mph), Sinker (90mph) and Curve (74mph).