The Charlotte Knights’ offense is heating up and this week another resurgent prospect followed Tyler Flowers’ lead and took the hot hitter spot. On the flip side, a pair of Knights’ teammates are struggling to get things going this year.
Hot Hitter: Jordan Danks, CF, AAA
Last week it was Tyler Flowers, this week Danks is the Knights’ prospect on the rebound. After a discouraging April (.706 OPS, 25 K in 64 AB), the former Longhorn is getting people excited again. Danks showed massive power with seven home runs in his last 11 games. He’s already matched his HR total from last year with eight. It took a Herculean week to top Dayan Viciedo, but Danks pounded the ball to the tune of .364/.400/1.136 with five homers and only two strikeouts in 25 plate appearances. His .577 slugging ranks eighth in the International League and his .330 ISO is second. The April slump has his average down at .247 so we’ll have to see if this power surge is sustainable. The strikeouts become less of a concern if a third of his hits leave the park. Also, most of his homers are on the road so no using the park as an excuse. Honorable mentions: Viciedo (.448/.515/.759), Andrew Garcia (.389/.500/.667) and Nick Ciolli (.467/.471/1.000).