The Chicago White Sox, the parent club of the Charlotte Knights, continue to work toward their opening day roster by optioning outfielders Jordan Danks and Blake Tekotte to their Triple-A team following their spring training game against the Brewers today.
With the moves, the White Sox have 34 players remaining in major-league camp: 18 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and four outfielders.
Danks, 26, appeared in 50 games with the Sox last year batting .224 with one homer and four RBI. A seventh round pick in the June 2008 First-Year Player Draft, the Austin, Texas native was originally taken in the 19th round of the 2005 Draft but did not sign.
While with the Knights in 2012 he had eight homers and drove in 30 in 64 contests hitting a solid .314 with a .428 OBP, .514 slugging mark and .942 OPS. He is the brother of White Sox hurler John Danks.
Danks had an outstanding spring training this year hitting a robust .371 with three doubles, two homers and nine runs batted in.
Tekotte, 25, was acquired from the Padres in November for Brandon Kloess. He spent last year with the Tucson Padres of the Pacific Coast League where he hit .243 with nine homers and 26 RBI in just 89 games as he battled hamstring issues. He is rated the White Sox 15th best prospect according to Baseball America.
This spring Tekotte hit .200 in 35 at-bats with four RBI and a pair of stolen bases.
In other news, the Knights were recognized by My Carolina Town Magazine as having the “Best Hot Dog” in the Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, and Charlotte areas.
My Carolina Town’s Second Annual “Where It’s At” contest received over 36,000 votes in all and featured a number of categories ranging from “Best Restaurant” to “Best New Business” to “Best Hot Dog”. The team received a certificate of recognition signed by Christa Franse, Publisher of My Carolina Town Magazine.
“Knights Stadium has been serving delicious hot dogs since it opened in 1990 and we will continue that trend during the final season in 2013,” exclaimed Scott Brown, General Manager of Baseball Operations for the Charlotte Knights. “Fans can get their first taste this year of the area’s ‘Best Hot Dog’ on Opening Night, April 11th.”
Every Monday at Knights Stadium this season, fans can expect delicious $1 hot dogs, courtesy of Hebrew National. Hot Dogs, along with other great ballpark fare, are served at all 72 Knights games each season.