IP 1503
ERA 4.377
WHIP 1.347
BB/9 2.94
SO/9 6.599
  • Full name John William Danks
  • Born 04/15/1985 in Austin, TX
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 210 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Round Rock
  • Debut 04/08/2007
  • Drafted in the 1st round (9th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2003 (signed for $2,100,000).
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    Danks has passed Florida's Andrew Miller as the top high school lefthander in the draft and could be the first southpaw drafted, unless a team prefers a college player and opts for Mississippi State's Paul Maholm. Danks threw in the mid-80s last summer, but created a lot of buzz early this year when he kept hitting 93-94 mph and showing a picture-perfect delivery. He hasn't quite maintained that combination of velocity and mechanics, but he has sat at 88-92 and showed a power curveball at times. He has decent but not overwhelming size at 6-foot-2 and room to grow at 175 pounds. He's one of three premium prospects at Round Rock High, the nation's No. 1-ranked team, along with righthander Matt Nachreiner and shortstop/righthander Travis Schlichting.

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  • Rated Best Defensive Outfielder in the Chicago White Sox in 2013
  • Rated Best Curveball in the Texas Rangers in 2007
  • Rated Best Curveball in the Texas Rangers in 2006
  • Rated Best Breaking Pitch in the California League in 2005
  • Rated Best Curveball in the Texas Rangers in 2005

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