I always liked Brady Clark, even though I knew he was a second tier prospect. He was never considered a top prospect mostly due to his age, and then due to his skills only being average across the board. But I think maybe that was part of the reason I liked him. Despite the odds, he just kept producing at every level. I always figured he’d make a great 4th outfielder, picking up two to three hundred at bats a season, and his scrappy style of play would endear him to the Cincinnati fans. I was sorry to see him leave, and I’m happy to see him playing well in Milwaukee this year.

Then comes along Chris Denorfia. Like Clark, he too is a little old for the league he is playing. I’ve never ran across any reports of him having any above average skills. Plus, Denorfia has pretty much produced at each level, barring a two level jump to A+ in 2003 where he struggled. Perusing his numbers, I couldn’t help to be reminded of one of my old favorites, Brady Clark. Take a peek at how they compare from back when Brady was in AA Chattanooga:

Year Name Age Org Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
1998 Clark 25 Cin AA 64 222 41 60 13 1 2 16 12 31 34 .270 .363 .365 728
1999 Clark 26 Cin AA 138 506 103 165 37 4 17 75 25 89 58 .326 .429 .516 945

Year Name Age Org Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 Denorfia24 Cin AA 61 221 30 55 10 2 6 27 5 30 42 .249 .340 .394 734
2005 Denorfia25 Cin AA 43 179 39 60 16 3 7 26 4 15 37 .335 .390 .575 965

Projected 2005 Denorfia
Year Name Age Org Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 Denorfia25 Cin AA 144 599 131 201 54 10 23 87 13 50 124 .335 .390 .575 965

It appears that Clark had a better eye, and that Denorfia has more power. But should Denorfia continue to hit well at Chattanooga, it will prove to be a pretty interesting comparison. Denorfia will continue to be one of those fun to root for players down in the minors for me.

Later,
Tom

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  1. Hey Tom,

    I definitely agree with your assessment of Denorfia. I had a chance last weekend to catch a lookouts game, and Denorfia had several RBIs, including the game winning hit. Since I don’t follow the minors much, this was the first time I’d heard of Denorfia, but he caught my eye right away because of his hustle and no-nonsense approach. Kind of reminds me of what everyone says about Ryan Freel. Anyway, he’s very easy to root for….was the last guy on the field signing autographs after the game as well.

  2. Denorfia is easy to root for, especially since he went to the college I currently attend. Wheaton is a small liberal arts school of 1,500 people playing in division 3 baseball, and for someone to have the potential to make it to the pros coming from such a modest background gives me a sense of pride

  3. Which Wheaton is that? Illinois or Mass? My brother went to the one outside Chicago.

  4. Here is a note on Denorfia from the Cincy Post:

    Chris Denorfia is having quite a season, no matter the level of competition.

    The 24-year-old outfielder, who saw some time with the big-league team during spring training, is on fire for Class AAA Louisville. Denorfia went 1-for-5 Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He’s hitting .500 (16-for-32) in that stretch with two homers and 11 RBIs.

    Overall, Denorfia is hitting .383 in 18 games for the Bats since being promoted from Chattanooga last month. He hit .330 in 46 games for the Lookouts, compiling 17 doubles, three triples and seven homers along with 26 RBIs and 40 runs.

    The Connecticut native, a 19th-round pick in the 2002 draft, is the kind of player managers like to have on their teams.

    “He’s similar to Brady Clark,” said Miley. “He just plays the game right.”

    I don’t know if should be happy, or very afraid, that Miley made the same comparison that I did. 🙂 Either way, I really like Denorfia, and I hope he has a long career as the Red’s fourth outfielder, beginning a month or so from now.

    Later,
    Tom

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