Dodger prospect #42- Travis Denker

LAdugout.com is looking at the top prospects in the Dodger system. Here's another as we count down to the very best.

Name-TRAVIS NORTON DENKER
Position- Infield
Residence- Brea, Cal.
DOB- Aug. 5, 1985
Ht- 5-9
Wt- 170
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Drafted in 23rd round 2003

For the second straight season Denker failed to hit at high A Vero Beach. This time he was .220-5-25 when he was sent back to Columbus where he rebounded a bit with a .268-11-45 mark. Naturally, this is disturbing to the Dodgers and he's fallen on the list of top prospects as a result.

He hasn't moved out of view though because of his ability to put a charge in the ball despite his unimpressive stature. He does it with quick wrists, throwing the head of the bat out in front in a hurry.

He certainly has to be more judicious in the pitches he chooses to swing at which has caused those dwindling averages. He's not fast and is below average on the bases path, successfully making it only twice in five steal attempts last season.

At Vero he was moved from second to third in a position switch with Blake DeWitt. He handled the new spot in accepted fashion and has enough arm to play there. Back at Columbus he was returned to more familiar territory at second where he seems more comfortable.

Because he became a pro at a young age he'll be given more time to reverse the trend and start rising on the charts once more. He'll probably try high A once again, this time in the California League with Inland Empire.

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