Dodger Minor League Prospects

14th in a series as we count down among the top Dodger prospects.

Position- Infield
Residence-Brea, Cal.
DOB-Aug. 5, 1985
04 Club- Ogden (Rookie)

Denker was one of three infielders drafted in 2003 (Lucas May and Russell Mitchell were the others) with the notion that one or more might become productive hitters. As such he was the last taken (21st round) but has given signs that he might be the most prolific of all.

He broke in with a .270-3-13 year in the Gulf Coast League, then broke out this past summer as he hit .311 for Ogden, a total that included 12 home runs, 17 doubles for a .546 slugging percentage.

He wasn't even in the starting lineup when the season began but not only played his way in but continued to show considerable pop, particularly from one who is average-sized. He has a lusty swing that produces strikeouts but can send line drives a long way.

In the field, he'll play either short or second, has enough range and arm for the former but seems more suited for the latter. But that bat has been productive enough so that he'll get a long look next spring and will probably open the season in the Columbus lineup.