Denny Almonte

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Denny Almonte

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Denny Almonte was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd round of the 2007 amateur draft out of a high school in Miami, FL. He played in the minor leagues from 2007 to 2015, reaching AAA but not the majors.

In his first professional season in 2007, he played 23 games between the AZL Mariners and Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League, batting .145. He did a whole lot better in his first full season, with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League in 2008. In 100 game, he hit .249/.303/.420, with 20 doubles, 7 triples and 10 homers. However, he repeated the level in 2009, now with the Clinton LumberKings, and did not fare as well, finishing at .232/.277/.408 in 108 games. he then spent the next two full seasons with the High Desert Mavericks of the California League, hitting .255 in 127 games the first year, and .268 in 128 games the second. This was in a hitters' park in a hitters' league, so the numbers are not overly impressive, especially as his OBP was below .300 both years. He continued to hit for good power though, with 22 and 24 homers and also over 20 doubles both years, but also struck out plenty, with a high of 192 the first year.

Following the 2011 season, he went to play in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Bite, where he hit .284 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 45 games. In one of those games, he tied the ABL record set by Luke Hughes by driving in 8 runs in one game, a record later beaten by Darryl George, who had a ten-RBI game in 2021. In 2012, he played for the Jackson Generals in the AA Southern League, hitting .249/.339/.401 in 124 games. He then split the 2013 season between Jackson and the Tacoma Rainiers of the AAA Pacific Coast League, but hit just .175/.240/.313 in 98 games and was let go by the Mariners. He finished his career with two seasons in the independent leagues, the first split between the Bridgeport Bluefish and the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League, and the second with Sugar Land. He continued to struggle in terms of batting average, hitting .200 in 96 games the first year, and .205 in 122 games the second, and while he still hit the occasional homer (12 and 10 respectively), he was no longer a big-time power hitter.

He is the brother of major league pitcher Yency Almonte.

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