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7/15/1980 (36 y, 7 m, 5 d)
2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 21, Pick: 1, Overall: 555, Team: Cincinnati Reds
$0.2M / 1 Years (2016)
Denorfia could hold the upper hand in the competition for a major league roster spot because he's the only right-handed hitter in the pack, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. (2/13/2017)
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Denorfia's prospects of returning to the Majors looked dim after he hit just .271/.317/.398 for Oakland's Triple-A affiliate in 2009, but the former 19th-round draft pick again exceeded expectations by pummeling Pacific Coast League pitching and earning significant playing time for the Padres in 2010. Called up to the Majors in May after batting .306/.368/.504 in the PCL, Denorfia played all three outfield spots while often shielding Tony Gwynn Jr. or Will Venable from lefty pitching. He had a .334 wOBA in 317 plate appearances in the Majors, showing surprising power (.162 ISO) while slashing .271/.335/.433. Odds are that pop doesn't carry over to 2011, though, considering that Denorfia's career ISO in Triple-A is .149 and he has hit a ground ball nearly 59% of the time in the big leagues. The Padres tendered Denorfia a contract while letting Gwynn go, so he'll return as a reserve outfielder next year. Aaron Cunningham, Eric Patterson and possibly Oscar Salazar will push him for spot starts. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Denorfia power numbers are likely to decline in 2011, and he won't get as many starts in center field with Cameron Maybin in the fold. Unless your league is Mariana Trench deep, Denorfia's not a fantasy option.
Over the past two seasons in San Diego, Denorfia has received 650 plate appearances, amounting to just over a full season. In that time, the 31-year-old has hit 16 homers while stealing 19 bases and hitting .274 and scoring 79 times. It’s pretty clear that he is best used as a platoon player and fourth outfielder, and the Padres are well aware of this. But, if he can find his way into playing every day, the right-hander becomes an interesting fantasy pickup. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Denorfia isn’t in line for full-time at bats, so you shouldn’t be drafting him. If he does find his way into playing every day, you should keep an eye on him and snatch him up if you need an outfielder.
With good plate discipline, strong contact rates and a career .317 average against left-handed pitching, Denorfia has done a good job earning his keep as the Padres fourth outfielder and platoon partner for Will Venable in right field. Injuries on the team opened the door for him a little wider in 2012 and Denorfia appeared in a career-high 130 games for the Padres and posted a .293/.345/.451 slash line over 382 plate appearances. While his power and speed may only be average, his defense and splits versus southpaws will keep him in the lineup relatively often. And given the fact that the Padres will continue to go with the oft-injured Carlos Quentin in left field, you can expect that his annual trip to the disabled list will continue to afford (the also breakable) Denorfia with further increased opportunities in 2013. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
The Padres have Denorfia locked in as their fourth outfielder and right field platoon partner for 2013 and he should continue to see plenty of work against left-handed pitching. He may not hit for a lot of power or have an over-abundance of speed, but with good plate discipline and strong on-base skills, he should be able to post another season similar to his .293-56-8-36-13 season in 2012.
Denorfia entered the 2013 season as the Padres fourth outfielder and a series of injuries to teammates afforded him the opportunity for regular time. He appeared in 144 games and hit .279 with a career-best 10 home runs. He also managed 11 stolen bases, leaving him a solid option for fantasy owners needing to start five or six outfielders. Denorfia has shown solid plate discipline and his .341 career on-base percentage certainly helps his value, but he is still considered fourth outfielder material due to an inherent lack of power. He'll open the year behind Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin and Will Venable once again, but given the injury history of two of those guys, Denorfia could see another season of 450-500 plate appearances. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Denorfia filled the Padres role of fourth outfielder last season, but playing behind such injury-prone players such as Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, he was afforded the opportunity to appear in a career-high 144 games. That might happen again, but will he do enough to make him more than just an average NL-only outfielder?
For about five years, Denorfia and teammate Will Venable combined to form a quietly competent outfield tandem in San Diego. Over that interval, each produced nearly three wins above replacement for every 600 plate appearances recorded, doing so in roughly the same way -- which is to say, by playing average outfield defense while also recording offensive lines which, though unimpressive in raw form, were actually quite solid in the context of Petco Field's deflated run environment. Denorfia is still that same basic player -- although, at 34, it's probable that his skills are declining. Moreover, it won't be the Padres by whom he's employed. Following the 2014 season, which he concluded as a Mariner after a deadline trade, Denorfia was granted free agency. He signed with the Cubs in January, where he appears likely to assume an outfield platoon with Chris Coghlan in left field. The most probable outcome is that he produces roughly league-average everything in the least conspicuous way possible. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Denorfia has been a better hitter than his raw numbers might suggest, having played the bulk of his career in offense-negating Petco. He's past his peak by a number of years now, but ought to work reasonably well as a platoon/bench player for the Cubs.
After nine seasons in the major leagues, Chris Denorfia built a reputation as a flexible outfielder that can offer a bit of power and speed, back up in center field, and do damage against left-handed pitching. That performance earned the Connecticut native a 10th season, as he joined the Cubs in 2015 in what was mostly a fourth outfielder gig. Denorfia missed some time in the first half due to issues with his left hamstring, but he still made it into 103 games on the year. He hit .269/.319/.373 for a 89 park and league adjusted OPS in 231 plate appearances, and he did indeed provide value by playing both corner outfield positions with a bit of center as well. He even took the mound once, retiring the only batter he faced in an August 19 blowout. Interestingly enough, despite his long history of preferring southpaws over fellow righties, Denorfia actually performed much better against right-handed pitching last year (.745 OPS) than he did against left-handers (.597). More concerning were his peripheral stats, as his 6.5% walk rate was the lowest of his career, and his 24.2% strikeout rate was far and above his lifetime mark of 17.1%. Looking ahead, Deno could certainly contribute off the bench once again, but at age 35 there is no guarantee that his performance won't continue to decline. (Dylan Higgins)
The Quick Opinion:
Denorfia is a veteran role player known for his capability to fill in at all three outfield positions and hit left-handed pitching, although last year did not go exactly that way. Even if he can still provide value with his glove, his advanced age and decline at the plate means that a fourth outfielder role with little power or speed is about the best he (and fantasy owners) can hope for next season.
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