It Is Now Jordan Danks Turn

Jordan Danks is in the same exact position his brother John was this time last year. Entering his senior season at Round Rock High School, Jordan is causing a major buzz in the Texas area.

The only difference between the two brothers is that Jordan is a left hand hitter rather than a left hand pitcher, other than that, Jordan is expected be a top ten draft choice in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, just like his brother was in 2003 when he was chosen ninth overall by the Texas Rangers.

At 6'5, 205 pounds, Jordan Danks is a physically gifted five tool player ready to cause havoc at the next level with his bat. Jordan had a record setting junior season for Round Rock High School batting .530 with eleven home runs, and drove in thirty-five runs. Danks also connected for sixteen doubles and four triples, while scoring forty-nine times and stealing eighteen bases in the process. Danks earned First Team All-State honors, and was a First Team All-District selection.

"I really improved a lot since my sophomore year" Danks told "I developed more power, and worked on seeing the ball well, and worked on my bat speed."

Danks has given a verbal commitment to the University of Texas, and with much of the pressure off him he will spend his senior season having fun with the game he loved as a child.

"My goal for my senior season is just to have fun. If I try to match my numbers from last year, that will just lead to trouble. I got the college stuff behind me, and my focus now is to relax, and try to win a championship for my team."

Whether or not Danks decides to attend the University of Texas is another story. Danks said he is not thinking about the draft at this point because a lot of things can happen between then and now.

"My approach right now is to see how everything plays out, and to make a decision on draft day."

Many insiders believe that if Danks is a top ten selection he will take his seven figure bonus and follow the path of his brother, who he idolized growing up.

"I began playing baseball around the age of seven" said the younger Danks. "My brother was already enrolled and I was watching him play. The following year I enrolled, and that was the first time we played together on the same team."

Danks, who said he has learned a lot from his brother, also had the valuable experience of seeing the draft process up close and personal last year, and that is something he learned from.

"I do consider that a valuable experience, however, even more valuable right now is seeing how happy my brother is with the Rangers."

Danks, ranked as the seventh best player by Baseball America, projects to be a major league centerfielder with his plus speed in tracking balls down, and his outfield arm.

"I do consider my defense a plus" said Danks. "I really believe I have the outfield thing down, and right now I am mostly concentrating on my hitting, and working on my swing mechanics."

Despite all his accolades, the top ranked player in the state of Texas, the one negative on Danks is the question of will he be able to hit for power at the next level. Danks has certainly shown his power ability in high school, and while playing in a variety of showcases. This past August, in front of over 150 major league scouts at the AFLAC All-American Classic in Maryland, Danks claimed the home run derby title with a remarkable showing. Danks hit the ball out of the park five times, in his first nine swings. When asked about the one negative in the game, Danks sounded confident when he said:

"I will just have to prove it to them."

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