Per Kevin Goldstein:
John Danks, LHP, Rangers
Statistics for Double-A Frisco: 7.15 ERA, 22.2 IP, 38 H, 10 BB, 28 K
Obviously, I'm the last guy to worry only about the numbers, but at some point, you have to perform, right? Danks is getting his second chance at the Texas League this year, and it's not going so well as he's last in the league in WHIP and opposing batters have a slugging percentage of .663 against him. In 21 career starts for Frisco, Danks now has a 5.80 ERA while allowing 155 hits in 121 innings. That's way too hittable for a pitcher with Danks' raw abilities, so maybe we've misjudged what those abilities are. I don't think we can use the excuse of him being rushed anymore--as a 2003 first-round pick he's in his third full season, so Double-A is in line with the expected development curve.
Verdict On Bad Start: Real, in the sense that Danks still has bankable stuff, but I don't think he's nearly the pitcher we've thought he is.