June 9, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Jordan Danks made his Major League Baseball debut with the Chicago White Sox on Friday, becoming the 100st player to finish his collegiate career as a Longhorn and go on to appear in a Major League game.
Danks entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the sixth inning and registered his first Major League hit in his second at-bat. He finished the game going 1-for-2 in the White Sox's 8-3 loss to the Houston Astros.
On Satuday, Danks made his first career start going 2-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs in a 10-1 win against the Astros.
During his time at Texas, Danks was recognized as part of the second-team All-Big 12 Conference squad, and was given All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2007. He led the 2008 Longhorns with 70 runs, 22 doubles and seven triples, and had the third-highest batting average, .321.
Prior to his call-up, Danks was hitting .302 with 32 runs, 15 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 28 RBI with the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Danks became the 17th player to finish his collegiate career as a Longhorn and go on to appear in a Major League game in the last 11 years. Over that span, a Texas Exes has made his Major League debut in every season, including Jose Flores in 2002, Stephen Randolph in 2003, Scott Dunn, Brad Halsey and Phil Seibel in 2004, J.P. Howell, Omar Quintanilla and Huston Street in 2005, Brandon Fahey in 2006, Curtis Thigpen in 2007, Taylor Teagarden in 2008, Drew Stubbs in 2009, James Russell and Sam LeCure in 2010, Brandon Belt in 2011 and Chance Ruffin in 2012.