The Atlanta Braves have continued there commitment to stock piling their pitching depth. The Braves have signed former Chicago White Soxs starter John Danks to a minor league deal.
John Danks is a former first round pick who has pitched his entire major league career with the Chicago White Soxs. He is a 31 year old left handed pitcher and he pitched in a limited role in the 2016 season. Danks had 4 starts for the White Soxs with an ERA of 7.65 and his opponents OPS was a dismal .965. He asked and was given his out right release from the White Soxs later in 2016.
John Danks did have shoulder surgery in 2012 and since then his pitching velocity has not been the same. Danks was born on April 15, 1985 in Austin, TX. He went to Round Rock high school which is right outside of Austin. He was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round where he was the 9th overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft. Danks did enjoy success before his shoulder surgery and the Braves are hoping that he can possibly return to pre surgery form. Danks will likely begin the 2017 season at AAA Gwinnett.
The Braves have learned from the 2016 season that you can never have enough starting pitching. Currently the Braves have the following starting pitchers on their roster which include; Julio Teheran, Jaime Garcia, Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Mike Foltynewicz, Josh Collmenter, Matt Wisler, Aaron Blair, and other prospects. Danks can possibly take the role of either starting pitcher or long inning reliever. The Braves coaches and managers will surely find a place for Danks once he works his way into the Braves organization. Pitchers and catchers report to Florida in late February and Danks will be looking to impress. It’s going to be an exciting 2017 season in the Braves bullpen. GO BRAVES!!!!!