2B Travis Denker -- Prospect #23

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Position- Second Base
Residence- Brea, Cal.
DOB- Aug. 5, 1985
Ht.- 5-9
Wt.- 170
B/T- R/R
05 Clubs- Columbus (Low A), Vero Beach (High A)

Denker had another satisfying year in 2005 as he hit .310-21-68 to make the South Atlantic League All-Star team, the only Columbus player to do so. He went up to Vero Beach toward the end of the season and, while he did bop two more homers, pressed badly at the plate and managed only a .185 average.

He's not big but concentrates on getting his hands out quickly, thus generating the bat speed that produces his big power numbers. He also is a good judge of the strike zone and had an excellent on-base average (.390 overall). He does have some deficiencies in the field with limited range and some stiffness so may well wind up in the outfield. He's also not particularly fast so is no base stealing threat.

In all, though, he's done very well for someone who was only a 21st round draft pick in 2003 out of high school . It's the thunder in his bat that will carry him along. He'll probably start 2006 at Vero.

Previous Selections
#24 -- LHP Derek Thompson

#25 -- SS Ivan DeJesus
#26 -- OF John Raglani
#27 -- LHP Ryan Ketchner
#28 -- OF Justin Ruggiano
#29 -- OF Jamie Hoffman

#30 -- RHP Chris Malone
#31 -- OF Cody Ross
#32 -- RHP Josh Wall
#33 -- SS Juan Rivera
#34 -- RHP Steve Johnson

#35 -- SS Scott Van Slyke
#36 -- OF John Melon
#37 -- LHP Brent Leach
#38 -- RHP Jesus Castillo
#39 -- LHP Eric Stults

#40 -- OF Xavier Paul
#41 -- LHP Miguel Sanfler
#42 -- 3B Josh Bell
#43 -- RHP Jordan Pratt
#44 -- OF Sergio Pedroza

#45 -- RHP Julio Pimentel
#46 -- 1b-1B Eduardo Perez
#47 -- RHP James McDonald
#48 -- OF Brian Myrow
#49 -- LHP Danny Muegge

#50 -- RHP Miguel Ramirez
#51 -- OF Ryan Carter
#52 -- RHP Casey Hoorelbeke
#53 -- OF Trayvon Robinson
#54 -- RHP Ramon Troncoso

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