Patience paying off for Jordan Danks

Patience paying off for Jordan Danks

Patience paying off for Jordan Danks
CHICAGO -- Life has moved pretty fast for Jordan Danks over the past three days.

His contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, and he made his Major League debut during that night's contest as a pinch-runner against the Blue Jays. Danks got his first big-league hit with an eighth-inning single on Friday against the Astros, and made his first big-league start in place of left fielder Dayan Viciedo on Saturday afternoon.

"Everybody has been congratulating me on my first hit," said a smiling Danks, who picked up his first multi-hit game, first stolen base and first run scored during Saturday's 10-1 shellacking of Houston. "Now I've gotten congratulations on the first start."

More impressive than Danks' single to left on Friday was that it was the result of an eight-pitch at-bat to start the inning. Danks has adopted a more patient approach at the plate -- as his 40 walks this season for the Knights would illustrate -- moving away from thoughts about striking out too much.

"One of the biggest things that they had always mentioned is trying to cut down the Ks," Danks said. "So I was like, 'You can't strike out if you don't get close to two-strike pitches.' I've been a little bit more patient this year, seeing more pitches and not helping the pitchers out."